Baseball America’s Top 20 Prospects in each league within the minors continues, and they got around to another league that features a Cincinnati Reds affiliate. The Florida State League has the Reds affiliate the Daytona Tortugas in it. And the league was led by Tampa Bay Rays super-prospect Wander Franco. Cincinnati didn’t land any prospects in the Top 10 of the league, but they did have two prospects make the list in the back-half of the Top 20.

Topping the list for the Cincinnati Reds was shortstop Jose Garcia. Among qualified hitters, the Daytona Tortugas middle infielder was in the top 10 in the league in average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, and he led the league with 37 doubles. He hit .280/.343/.436 in 104 games – missing almost all of April with an injury. Garcia also went 15-for-17 on stolen base attempts. For his efforts, the coaches within the league liked what they saw on both sides of the ball, though he was praised quite a bit for his defense. Garcia came in at #16 on the list. The 21-year-old is now playing for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League.

When the season began, the player to his right on the diamond was third baseman Jonathan India. The 2018 #5 overall pick spent the first half of the season with Daytona. He hit .256/.346/.410 with the Tortugas. His OPS of .756 was 90 points better than the league average and would have ranked 7th among qualified hitters had he racked up a handful more at-bats during the season before being promoted to Double-A. India was the #18 prospect on the list for the league. Like Garcia, India is also playing for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League currently.

Arizona Fall League Update

Why not just toss an AFL update in here with two of the Reds prospects being mentioned above also playing in the league right now?

Player AB H 2B 3B HR BB K SB AVG OBP SLG
Jonathan India 29 1 1 0 0 4 11 1 .034 .176 .069
Tyler Stephenson 19 7 3 0 0 3 3 0 .368 .478 .526
Jose Garcia 19 5 1 0 1 2 5 3 .263 .364 .474
Stuart Fairchild 11 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .273 .273 .273

Offensive there’s some half-and-half going on here. Tyler Stephenson and Jose Garcia are hitting the ball well out in Arizona thus far. Everything is a small sample size, of course, but in their small sample size, they’ve hit well. On the flip side, Stuart Fairchild and Jonathan India have not. Fairchild has only played in three games and he’s struck out just once, but he’s 3-11 with no walks or extra-base hits thus far. And then there’s Jonathan India. He has actually struggled. He’s 1-29 with 11 strikeouts. Small sample size, for sure, but the infielder has certainly struggled so far.

Player ERA IP H HR BB K WHIP
Dauri Moreta 2.25 4.0 3 0 1 6 1.00
Diomar Lopez 6.35 5.2 7 1 1 6 1.41
Jordan Johnson 6.43 7.0 8 1 6 9 2.00
Cory Thompson 9.00 4.0 7 0 1 4 2.00

Dauri Moreta clearly sticks out here. His ERA is low and his strikeout and walk rates are good. The other three pitchers have struggled with their ERA’s. But both Diomar Lopez and Cory Thompson have had solid rates in their small sample size of innings, but runs have come across the plate against them. Jordan Johnson has had some struggles, particularly with his control, in his three games.

8 Responses

  1. RedsKoolAidDrinker

    What is the likelihood Moreta is protected from the Rule 5 Draft?

  2. PUSHERMAN

    India’s #s are those of one who is overmatched, even with the small sample size.
    And that is super disappointing that Garcia is only 16th in the league. Really shows you where the Reds are as a system.

    • Wes

      India was not the right pick there, but to write him off is absurd. His on base was a 100 points high than batting ave and slugging was +170. If he hit 280 w 20 homers he would have finished season in cincy and not AA.

      And who cares what the system looks like!?! Cubs and Red Sox don’t care so why should reds ?? Put the best team on the major league field every season! And if that’s at the expense of minors so be it. Yeah the returns have been light but those moves are better than no moves at all.

      Or have a top 5 farm system and finish last in central every year like so many here root for !

      • PUSHERMAN

        That’s because they actually have elite talent on the MLB roster. Both teams have won WS in the last few years. The Reds have 3 players who are above average at their position, maybe 4, and haven’t made the playoffs in 9 years. Any more brain busters?

      • Oldtimer

        Reds have won 3 WS in my lifetime (born 1951). That’s 3 times in 68 years. They have made playoffs 12 times in that timeframe.

        Before that, even worse. Prior to 1951 the Reds had won 2 WS among 3 appearances. The NL Reds started in 1882. (The teams back to 16869 were in different pro leagues, not NL).

  3. MK

    It should not be disappointing that Garcia has ended up being better than India. If the first indication of the quality of a prospect is the resources ($) provided the player, then Garcia was payed $5 million bonus India 5.3, so basically the same.

    • Doug Gray

      Except that the Reds actually paid $10M to get Garcia. He just got half because baseball is a freaking joke.

  4. Brian

    The talk down here in the Dominican Republic is that former Reds International Scouting Director Tony Arias has taken an International Scouting job with the Washington Nationals. Reds are also not renewing the contracts of Latin America scouting cross checkers Miguel Machado and Bob Engle.