In the baseball world, late January is typically a dead period in the off-season. In years that don’t start with 20 and end in 18, most of the trades and signings have been completed and teams and fans are spending the dead period looking towards pitchers and catchers reporting in February. One way for us fans to get through these last few days of winter before the start of Spring Training is to see how the future of the organization stacks up against the rest of the league in annual pre-season top 100 rankings.
If you have been paying attention over the last week, you would have noticed that both Baseball America and Keith Law both released their top 100 lists. This time, it was MLB Pipeline’s turn to release their take on the top 100 prospects in baseball. If you read through the rankings, you’ll notice that there isn’t a ton of difference between the 3. The Reds still have Nick Senzel (#7) in the top 10 and another in the top 30 with Hunter Green at 21, his highest ranking of the three lists. Taylor Trammell once again made the top 50, coming in at #43. Rounding out the top 100 were Jesse Winker at #82 and Tyler Mahle at #84.
While there isn’t much else to say about how these guys performed over the last season, this list once again shows us the depth of the farm system. It also shows how important the last two drafts have been to the Reds. All three of the Reds prospects in the top 50 were drafted in either the 2016 or 2017 draft, with one of them looking to make an impact as early as this season. While this rebuild has been slow, and oftentimes frustrating, small things like these prospect rankings show us that there is something to be exited about in the future.