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2016 RR Community Prospect Rankings: Seth Varner Is #23!

And he's left handed!

Seth Varner heard your call, and hopefully he doesn't hear it for thousands of days in a row.  Though, he'd probably turn into one hell of a piano player.  If you didn't know, Seth Varner is a left handed pitcher, a mistake I feel necessary to correct many many times, that is gonna rock your world in 2016.  Day after day after day.  Here is to #24.

Blake Trahan, 22, SS

Highest 2015 Level: A (Dayton)
Eye-Poppingest Fact:
25 BB/24 K in Billings.  Very good defense and speed.  
Most Worrisome Fact: Power.  Looked bad in 35 at bats in Dayton.
Blake Tree-hee-han, Kinder Kid

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Blake Trahan was the Reds third round selection out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  He's a high floor player who played with Alex Bregman on the US National teams.  He's a very good defensive player at shortstop, with some speed, and he knows how to use the bat.  Trahan doesn't have the highest of ceilings.  He cruised through Billings and got a short cup of coffee in Dayton where he didn't play very well.  Third round picks aren't usually something to get super excited about, but Trahan looks like he can play a little bit of baseball and many scouts liked this pick by the Reds.

Tanner Rainey, 23, RHP

Highest 2015 Level: Billings (Rookie)
Eye-Poppingest Fact:
Mid 90's fastball. 15 games started in 2015, 8.7 K/9
Most Worrisome Fact: Lack of experience, age, durability
Rainey Skies, Tanner Mom, Danny Tanner Rainey, Tanner I Hardly Knew Her

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Tanner Rainey was the Reds 2nd round pick out of West Alabama University with a big arm.  He was a two way player for the Division II West Alabama, leading the division in home runs and slugging percentage, but the Reds plan on using his big right arm on the mound.  Rainey sits in the mid 90's and touches 97 on the radar gun with a potential plus slider.  He also throws changeup that he can throw for strikes but doesn't look to be a great pitch.

Rainey is a big guy at 6'2 235 pounds.  He played 1B at West Alabama which explains where all that power came from.  The things he has working against him right now is his age and lack of a third pitch.  As the Reds have with most college relievers, they'll try and see if he can stick as a starter first.  However, he looks to be a guy you'd look to fast track for a major league bullpen.  He has definite closer potential.

Jose Lopez, 22, RHP

Highest 2015 Level: Rookie (Billings)
Eye-Poppingest Fact:
10.6 K/9 in his pro debut.  1.91 ERA with a 6.14 K/BB over his final 7 starts in 2015.
Most Worrisome Fact: High likelihood of ending up in a bullpen role.

Alias(es): No known aliases.

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Jose Lopez fits the mold of hard throwers with low mileage on their arms that the Reds can't seem to stay away from.  Lopez, a New Jersey native, was taken in the 6th round of the 2014 draft out of Seton Hall, where he logged just 99 innings between his freshman and sophomore seasons.  With a fastball that could touch 98, as well as a power slider, Lopez was predicted to be a high-round pick before he blew out his elbow and ended up needing Tommy John surgery.  The Reds took a risk selecting Lopez in the 6th round, but they hope that with a full recovery, they could end up with a steal in the 6'1" righty.

Lopez made his debut in Billings this past season, and the Reds were careful with the young hurler as he slowly upped his innings after a long break from the mound.  Midway through the short season, the Mustangs let off the reins a bit, and Lopez dominated over the home stretch.  All told, he finished the season with a 3.16 ERA over 57 innings, striking out 67 and walking 19.

He's still a long way from the majors, and the Reds may be a bit more conservative upping his innings year to year if they want to keep him in a starting role.  However, with a high 90's fastball, and an above average slider, they could choose to fast-track him for a bullpen role in the more near future.

Jake Cave, OF, 23

Highest 2015 Level: AAA (Scranton)

Eye-Poppingest Fact: .339 OBP in .592 Plate Appearances
Most Worrisome Fact: 2 home runs all season

Alias(es): Bat Cave

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I'm getting to the point where I'm really scrambling for names.  Out of most of the lists I've seen Jake Cave has been put in the mid to low 20's.  So, I guess I'll give you a chance to vote on him.  He's only here because he put up better numbers than Kyle Waldrop and he's younger, surprisingly.

Jake Cave was a former 6th round pick by the Yankees in 2011, and he came to the Reds via the 2015 Rule 5 Draft.  This means that Cave has to spend the entire year on the Reds 25 man roster or on the DL or he has to be shipped back.  There is a very high likelihood that Cave could realistically become the 5th outfielder type just so the Reds don't lose him.  It also wouldn't be that bad of an idea.  Cave has realistically no power, but he will take a walk, doesn't strikeout too much, and has some good speed.  He's also a good defender in center field.  The only problem is he has very little experience at AAA.

Wyatt Strahan, 22, RHP

Highest 2015 Level: A (Dayton)

Eye-Poppingest Fact: 2.79 ERA in 164.1 innings pitched.  2.9 BB/9
Most Worrisome Fact: 7.3 K/9

Alias(es): Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Derp,

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Wyatt Strahan was a 3rd round pick out of USC in 2014, and he spent the entire season in Dayton where he pitched pretty well.  He put up a good ERA and a respectable 1.284 WHIP, though I'd like to see it a little lower.  Strahan is obviously a higher pick who has performed well.  His strikeouts are a bit low for a pitcher who is supposed to be as polished as he is.

Strahan got a lot of innings under his belt and he's a definite candidate to be a starter in the future.  I wouldn't say his ceiling is awfully high, but he could be a quick mover through the organization.  Teams don't typically give former college picks a ton of time if they're doing well.  I'd come up with some scouting reports, but I'm feeling super lazy.  Check out the bb-ref page.