Tucker Barnhart, the best defensive catcher in the Reds system, was finally put on our list. Tucker is the guy the Reds have relied upon whenever they need another catcher. His defense is already good to go, and is a wonder to watch, but he still needs some development to work on his offensive game. He's a player that a lot of teams would like to have waiting in the wings, and I'm sure we'll see him in Cincinnati this year.
Sal Romano, 21, SP
Juan Silva, 24, OF
Carlton Daal, 21, SS
Junior Arias, 23, OF
Jeremy Kivel, 21, SP
Highest 2014 Level: Rookie (Billings)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: 9.7 K/9
Most Worrisome Fact: 12.0 H/9, 4.6 BB/9, and a 1.844 WHIP
Alias(es): Evil Kivel, Kivel Dead, Jui-Jitsu Jeremy
Jeremy Kivel was a taken in the 10th round of the 2013 draft. He was considered a risky pick because of college commitments, but with one with high upside. Kivel has a live arm and a very athletic build, and there is a lot of talk about his MMA hobbies. The Reds have been taking it slow with Kivel, having him play in Rookie ball the last two years. 2014 was an up and down year for Kivel, striking out almost 10 batters per nine innings, but allowing way too many to reach base. He was very hittable and wasn't stingy with the walks. Kivel still has a lot of potential which keeps him on our lists. Kivel should start the season in Dayton, and if he performs well, I think he'll get a shot in Daytona.