After landing just one player, Gabriel Rosa, on Baseball America's Arizona Rookie League Top 20 Prospects list, the Reds rebounded nicely, placing four in BA's Pioneer League Top 20.
Toni Cingrani heads the Cincinnati contingent at No. 8. The fireballing left-hander went 3-2 with a 1.75 earned run average. In 51 innings and 13 starts, the former Rice Owl allowed just 35 hits, struck out 80 and walked six while holding foes to a .190 batting average. Cingrani led the league in ERA, K/9 (14.0), K/BB (13.3:1), opponents batting average and WHIP (0.80). BA's Matt Eddy wrote that he's impressed with Cingrani's 92-94 mph fastball, which is aided by deception in the hurler's delivery. Eddy wrote that Cingrani's changeup also is deceptive and that his slider has improved greatly during his first pro season.
Ryan Wright checks in at No. 10. The former Louisville second baseman went 7-32-.298/.348/.522 this season, with 11 doubles and two triples. Wright stole six bases in seven tries. Defensively, Wright was stellar, making only one error in 37 games. Wright's power and speed are fringe-average, yet he hits home runs and steals bases. Eddy wrote that Wright continued as a pro what he did in college, playing above his tools.
Sean Buckley ranks 12th in the Pioneer League. The son of Reds scouting director Chris Buckley posted a line of 14-41-.289/.372/.551 with 11 doubles and three triples while playing half his games in the league's worst hitter's park. Eddy wrote that Buckley won't hit for average, but has impressive power to all fields and has a legitimate chance to stick at third base. If not, he'd make a strong right fielder.
Red Reporter 2010 Draft favorite favorite Kyle Waldrop is ranked 19th iin the circuit after going 5-29-.273/.305/.471 with nine triples and 22 doubles. The outfielder was 4-for-4 on stolen base attempts. After a slow start, Waldrop went .310/.324/.545 down the stretch. Eddy likes Waldrop's quick, repeatable swing and projectable solid-average power.
Casper shortstop Trevor Story, a Rockies farmhand, ranked No. 1 in the league. He was one of four Colorado prospects in the top 20. Anaheim topped the Pioneer with five prospects in the top 20. The Dodgers, White Sox and Brewers placed two each in the top 20 and Kansas City had one player ranked. Arizona was shut out.