The former Yankee come Reds prospect has nailed down the #25 spot in what ended up being a close race. Really, they're all getting pretty close because none of us know what we're doing at this point and we're getting bored. However, we gotta get to #30! We must prevail! Whoooopieeeee!!! He's your choices for #26.
Tanner Rainey, 23, RHP
Jose Lopez, 22, RHP
Wyatt Strahan, 22, RHP
Seth Mejias-Brean, 24, 3B
Highest 2015 Level: AA (Pensacola)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Great defense; 12.8% BB% in AA
Most Worrisome Fact: Power significantly dropped in AA
Alias(es): Brean Burrito, Seth Matthews Band
Selected in the 8th round of the 2012 draft out of Arizona, Seth showed a lot of promise in his first two seasons in the Reds organization. He crushed the ball in Dayton and Bakersfield, enough so to get the call to AA Pensacola for the second half of 2014. He saw his power significantly drop in 2014 and, while there was a slight improvement, things didn't go much better in 2015 where he posted a .247/.352/.360 line. His plate approach has stayed consistent throughout his minor league career, posting a solid OBP, K%, and BB% at every stop he has made. He also brings solid defense to the hot corner with above average range and a good arm. He turns 25 this season, so his clock is ticking for him to make some serious improvements this year.
Kyle Waldrop, 24, OF
Highest 2015 Level: MLB (Reds)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Can play both outfield spots and is a toosly outfielder. Put up a very good season as late as 2014
Most Worrisome Fact: Doesn't hit many dingers, adverse to walks, had a very bad 2015
Alias(es): Balldrop, NASCAR, Wallflower
Kyle Waldrop is a prospect that shot up the organizational lists pre-2015 after a very strong showing in A+ and AA ball the year before. He was dropping hits like they were hot, and keeping pace with Jesse Winker for offensive goodies. Doing so got Waldrop a 2014 trip to the Arizona Fall League where he continued to perform well. Prospect watchers started to take notice, but then 2015 happened. I hate 2015.
In 2015, Waldrop got off to a slow start in AA and things got even worse with a promotion to AAA. His OPS for the entire season was .605, so I'll let that sink in for a bit. That's bad. It was a .300 point drop from the year before. There were many concerns that Waldrop's 2014 was very BABIP driven, and it looks like some of that luck wore off in 2015. Kyle did get called up to the big leagues for one plate appearance where he struck out. Whatever the case may be, Kyle Waldrop is still a guy to watch in the minors and that's why we're including him on this list. There also aren't many other choices in the minors since Juan Silva is no longer in the organization.