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Tejay Antone, 26, RHP
Highest 2019 Level: AAA Louisville
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Extreme ground-ball tendencies
Most Worrisome Fact: Still finding his footing after Tommy John surgery in 2017.
Alias(es): Tejay Antone
Tejay Antone was the Reds’ 5th round pick allllll the way back in 2014. After working his way up to AAA in 2016, he tore his UCL and had to have Tommy John surgery. He started back from Daytona and has worked his way back up since then, culminating in 14 appearances for Louisville last season.
He’s finally on the Reds’ 40-man roster, but it’s unlikely he’ll break into a crowded rotation in 2020. Does he have the stuff to be a midseason callup for the bullpen?
Ivan Johnson, 21, SS/2B
Highest 2019 Level: Rookie (Greeneville)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: .255/.327/.415 slash line with six dinger and 11 steal.
Most Worrisome Fact: Probably can’t play short stop. Not flashy.
Alias(es): Ivan The Terrible, Ivana Johnson, Russianwurst
Ivan Johnson was drafted in the 4th round of the 2019 draft out of community college. He’s a guy that was signed slightly under slot, about 100k, which helped sign Tyler Callihan and Rece Hinds. But, don’t let that fact fool you about Ivan Johnson. He’s a fun prospect in his own right. He is a guy that can play the middle infielder and is considered a higher floor prospect due to the belief that he can hit. In his first season of pro ball, he did show that he has some plate discipline and power in his bat. He also played at a level that was honestly pretty realistic coming out of community college. You’d like to see a better average but it was a good showing.
The problems with Johnson come from the idea that he’s rather boring. He grades out decently well as a hitter up the middle, but his defense doesn’t really play at short stop. He didn’t even play short stop in community college because they had a better defender than him. Luckily, he seems to be a very coachable kid and was willing to go to second. His bat should help him continue to grow, but we’ll have to see how he matures from year to year. Maybe he’ll start the year in Dayton but that could also be too aggressive. The downside in his development is his age. How patient are the Reds going to have to be?
Andy Sugilio, OF, 23
Highest 2019 Level: A+ Daytona
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Hit .294 with a .331 OBP in 485 plate appearances
Most Worrisome Fact: .360 slugging.
Alias(es): The Sluglord, Suge
Andy Sugilio has been with the Reds for a long time. In fact, he’s been with the Reds for about six years or so being signed as an international free agent. He really started pop as a prospect in 2017 when he went .345/.390/.472. He had a bit of a bump in the road at Dayton but then turn in a real good year last year against more advanced pitching. He also stole 23 bases. Sugilio has a decent bat, but below average power. There is some belief that he could turn into a line drive gap hitter with decent pop. He doesn’t have the best plate discipline but is willing to take a few walks while limiting the strikeouts.
He seems to have grown a bit in maturity but his overall tool set isn’t the greatest. He plays the field well and should be good enough to stick in CF. His wheels, defense, and possible offense could make him into a decent bench option in the future. But, due to his age, level, and bat that probably limits his potential as a starter. Still, he’s not a bad depth option for a farm system.
Who is the Reds #19 prospect?
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Tejay Antone, RHP
Ivan Johnson, 2B/SS
Andy Sugilio, OF