Taylor Trammell continues to impress, and there is no doubt of his potential ability. In fact, Baseball America stated a few days ago that if we were just basing prospect on their future potential only, Taylor Trammell would be the #1 prospect in the system. Obviously, we don't base lists off only ceiling as it's highly volatile, but that's pretty dang cool. Trammell will probably start the season in Dayton where we'll see if he can continue to raise that floor to match his ceiling.
On to #7.
Tyler Stephenson, C, 20
Vladimir Gutierrez, SP/RP, 21
Aristides Aquino, RF, 22
Sal Romano, 23, RHP
Alfredo Rodriguez, SS, 22
Highest 2016 Level: DSL Reds
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Defense! Cuba's Rookie of the Year in 2014-2015
Most Worrisome Fact: The hit tool is, uh, lacking
Alias(es): Alf-Rod, Pasta-Rod,
The Reds spent a long time to make this deal official, but finally got this signing done in early July 2016. The Reds gave him upwards of $7 million to sign, the largest in the class, but will actually cost around $9 million since the Reds exceeded their pool money to pull it off.
Rodriguez is raw with a flashy glove. He was honored with the Cuban League's Rookie of the Year award in 2015, and the Reds value him as a future everyday SS in MLB. The bat is still a major question, however. Rodriguez spent all of his time in the DSL after having visa issues last season, and he didn't exactly light up the scoreboard despite playing against less-experienced talent.
The Reds did a lot of scouting here and are very confident in Rodriguez's ability, but he's very much a question mark in the organization. His glove is going to give him a leg up, but he still has a lot to prove once he comes stateside.