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Senzel, Greene lead 5 in Pipeline's Top 100

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CINCINNATI -- The 2018 version of the MLB Pipeline Top 100 prospects list was revealed on Saturday, and the best Reds prospect, third baseman Nick Senzel, is not far from the top.

Senzel was ranked No. 7 overall and is the first of five Reds to make the cut in the Top 100. Pitcher Hunter Greene debuts on the list at No. 21, with outfielder Taylor Trammell at No. 43, outfielder Jesse Winker at No. 82 and pitcher Tyler Mahle listed at No. 84.

CINCINNATI -- The 2018 version of the MLB Pipeline Top 100 prospects list was revealed on Saturday, and the best Reds prospect, third baseman Nick Senzel, is not far from the top.

Senzel was ranked No. 7 overall and is the first of five Reds to make the cut in the Top 100. Pitcher Hunter Greene debuts on the list at No. 21, with outfielder Taylor Trammell at No. 43, outfielder Jesse Winker at No. 82 and pitcher Tyler Mahle listed at No. 84.

• MLB Pipeline's 2018 Top 100 Prospects list

:: Complete 2018 Top Prospects coverage ::

The annual ranking of MLB's Top 100 prospects is assembled by MLB Pipeline Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. Only players with rookie status entering the 2018 season are eligible for the list. Players who were at least 25 years old when they signed and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.

Rankings are done twice a year -- once in the preseason and again at midseason. At this time last year, Senzel was ranked at No. 26.

Senzel, 22, batted .321/.391/.514 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs in 119 games during 2017 with Class A Advanced Daytona and Double-A Pensacola. He was invited to his first big league camp as a non-roster player and will be given looks at shortstop, second base and both corner-outfield positions.

The second overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Senzel's chances of reaching the big leagues at some point in 2018 appear strong. He's considered to have advanced plate-approach skills that go with good bat speed and strength.

Greene, 18, was the second overall pick in the '17 Draft and was a much-anticipated high school star as he turned professional. He played 10 games for Rookie-level Billings last season -- which included seven as the designated hitter.

Video: Top Prospects: Hunter Greene, RHP, Reds

In the small sample size of three games in which he pitched, Greene had a 12.46 ERA. But he is considered highly polished for his young age and is capable of reaching over 100 mph with his fastball. The expectations for Greene are to be with Class A Dayton in the Midwest League at some point in the coming season.

Trammell was drafted the same year as Senzel and taken with the No. 35 overall pick out of high school in Georgia. In the Top 100 for the first time, he has shown the makings of being a five-tool player during his two seasons in the Reds' system.

Video: Top Prospects: Taylor Trammell, OF, Reds

Last season for Dayton, the 20-year-old Trammell batted .281/.368/.450 with 13 homers and 77 RBIs over 129 games.

Winker is already familiar with Reds fans after he made his big league debut in 2017, following a steady run up the Minor Leagues as an anticipated top prospect. Once he got some significant playing time in the second half with the Reds, he seized the opportunity.

Video: Top Prospects: Jesse Winker, OF, Reds

In 47 games for Cincinnati over his multiple callups, Winker batted .298/.375/.529 with seven homers and 15 RBIs. Besides maintaining his reputation for getting on base, the 24-year-old demonstrated better-than-advertised power. He had five homers combined for Triple-A Louisville over 2016-17.

Winker will be seeking a spot in the starting lineup this spring, but will likely be part of a four-outfielder rotation among the three spots, along with Billy Hamilton, Scott Schebler and Adam Duvall. The goal is to get all four players significant playing time while one of them is available from the bench.

Mahle, 23, was a seventh-round pick in 2013 but moved quickly through the upper portion of the system last season. He combined for a 2.06 ERA over 24 games and 144 1/3 innings for Pensacola and Louisville.

Video: Top Prospects: Tyler Mahle, RHP, Reds

Once promoted to the Reds, Mahle made four starts and recorded a 2.70 ERA over 20 innings. He has an opportunity to compete for the fifth spot in the big league rotation this spring.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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