For the second year in a row, Jon Moscot takes home the #16 spot on our list. The Reds have a bunch of pitching prospects at the moment, and Moscot is probably the closest to the big leagues at this point. He'll look to improve his K rate in Louisville, and be ready should the Reds need a spot starter during the season.
A young shortstop is added to the list today.
Daniel Corcino, 24, SP
Highest 2014 Level: MLB (Cincinnati)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: 4.13 ERA in AA.
Most Worrisome Fact: 1.61 K/BB in AA.
Alias(es): 'Lil Cueto, Cuetinho
Daniel Corcino had one of those seasons that make you scratch your head. His 2013 was abysmal, so the Reds had him go back down to AA for 2014. He pitched decently well with a 4.13 ERA in 143.2 innings pitched. His K/BB ratio was below two. His walks were too high, and his strikes too low. To be honest, he was probably surviving from a low BABIP. He pitched a few innings at AAA, but then was a September call up to the Reds. He would pitch 18.2 innings with a 4.34 ERA in 3 starts and 2 relief appearances. His rate stats were basically the same in Cincinnati compared to Pensacola, albeit with a short sample size. Corcino has all the tools to be a very good pitcher with a mid 90's fastball and a very promising slider, but it is all about putting it together.
Tucker Barnhart, 24, C
Highest 2014 Level: AAA (Louisville)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: .341 career MiLB OBP
Most Worrisome Fact: SLG (.316) lower than his OBP (.319) in AAA
Alias(es): Friar Tucker, Tucker? I hardly knew her!, Marshall, Drive By Tucker
Tucker Barnhart got his first taste of Major League ball this season, filling in twice for an injured Devin Mesoraco and getting a couple starts in September after rosters expanded. Two things seemed clear in the limited sample size Tucker spent with the Reds: his defense is major league ready, but the bat is not. Barnhart had his worst season at the plate in 2014, slashing .246/.319/.316 (all career lows) in Louisville. Prospects struggling in their first taste of AAA is nothing new, and nothing to worry about yet. Barnhart doesn't have a ton of distance between his floor and his ceiling, which is why he'll never be a sexy prospect, but a slick fielding catcher that can get on base is a valuable thing. Let's hope he can figure out how to get back on base his second go-'round in AAA.
Sal Romano, 21, SP
Highest 2014 Level: A (Dayton)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: 3.05 K/BB ratio
Most Worrisome Fact: 1.422 WHIP
Alias(es): Sweaty Sal, The Real Salvatore, Big Italy
Sal Romano was the taken in the 23rd round of the 2011 draft out of high school. He repeated Single A Dayton in 2014 and put up some pretty good numbers. He struck batters out at a decent clip (7.8 K/9) and kept batters off the bases via the walk (2.5 BB/9). He was susceptible to giving up hits, if you would reference his WHIP, but I want to chalk it up to that bad Dayton defense. Romano is a big kid, listed at 6'4 and 250 pounds. His fastball sits in the low to mid 90's and he has a good curveball. There is a lot to like about Sal, and good reason the Reds paid him over slot to skip out on attending the University of Tennessee.
Juan Silva, 24, OF
Highest 2014 Level: A+ (Bakersfield)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: 48 walks and 49 strikeouts in 307 PAs. 34 steals in 43 chances
Most Worrisome Fact: .127 ISO and injury problems
Alias(es): High Ho Silva
People may not expect to see Juan Silva on the list, yet. However, he's always been a guy I've liked. He plays good outfield defense, and has shown the ability and willingness to take a walk at every level. He's drastically cut down on his strikeouts from early in his career, lowering his strikeout rate every single year. The problem is he has shown very little power. In the California League, which is notorious giving players a power boost, he only hit 4 home runs in 2014. He's never had over 500 PAs in a season, and only 307 last year. I don't know specifically what his injury was, but it seems like he barely played in the latter half of the season. The Reds have had Silva take it slow, only making it to A+ after six seasons in the minors. He's 24 coming in to this season and hopefully they will be more aggressive with him. That all depends on Silva staying on the field.
Carlton Daal, 21, SS
Highest 2014 Level: A (Dayton)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Nothing truly eye-popping yet, but his .334 OBP ain't too shabby.
Most Worrisome Fact: 39 errors in 95 games in 2014
Alias(es): Alfonso Ribiero, New York Daal, Amon Daal II
The system got a bit more middle infield depth with the addition of Eugenio Suarez this winter, but the SS position is still one of the weakest in the organization. Daal started the season in Dayton, which would be his first taste of full-season ball, and slashed .296/.334/.351 in 95 games before being shut down with a wrist injury in late July. Daal managed to swipe 13 bases, and by all accounts showed good range at SS, but he committed a boat load of errors. Scouting reports previous to this season all had him as an above average defender, and the majority of his errors were of the throwing variety, which led many to believe his issues were more mental than physical. As long as he doesn't have a lingering case of Steve Blass disease, he should be able to get the errors down.