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Top prospect's trick throw involves moving car

@m_sheldon
May 18, 2020

CINCINNATI -- If the fellas at Dude Perfect need a guest star, Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene could be their guy. Greene was coveted in the 2017 MLB Draft -- and selected second overall -- for his triple-digit velocity. In a Sunday post across his multiple social media platforms, the

Here's the next wave of NL Central closers

@anne__rogers
April 10, 2020

ST. LOUIS -- The closer’s role has evolved over time, but there’s never been any doubt of the importance of a reliable late-inning relief strategy. That’s why closers hold such a key spot on a team’s roster -- they’re expected to notch the save and solidify their team’s win as

30 prospects we'll be talking about in 2022

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
March 28, 2020

Right now, all baseball fans can do is look ahead to the future. We decided to take that to the extreme by looking two years down the road at which prospects we expect to be big names in 2022. The fact that 14 of the Top 20 players on MLB

Top prospect Lodolo shows his resilience

Lefty bounces back after allowing homer, says he felt 'really confident'
@m_sheldon
March 10, 2020

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds top prospect Nick Lodolo emerged from the bullpen in the top of the ninth inning to face the D-backs on Tuesday, and he calmly jogged to the mound. No butterflies. No jitters. Just baseball.

Here are the Reds' 2020 Top 30 Prospects

@m_sheldon
March 4, 2020

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Because trades had the Reds leveraging their farm system to acquire more proven talent in the offseason between 2018 and ’19, many of the organization’s top prospects were nowhere near close to helping the big league club. Several of Cincinnati’s Top 30 prospects could help in the

Inbox: Is Garcia's spring enough to make bigs?

Beat reporter Mark Sheldon answers questions from Reds fans
@m_sheldon
March 3, 2020

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds have a rare off-day on their Spring Training schedule, and they are holding no workouts and playing no games. There is no better time for us to open the Reds Inbox and take a look at some of your questions. We’ll start with two questions

Filthiest secondary pitches among top prospects

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 27, 2020

Feel to spin. Deception. Missing bats. Generating weak contact. These are all terms used in describing pitchers’ secondary stuff. Whether it’s a curveball, slider, changeup or occasionally something like a splitter or cutter, these are the offerings a pitcher often uses to put away hitters. And a lot of pitching

Each team's top power-hitting prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 20, 2020

The 2019 Major League season will be remembered as the Year of the Home Run after players across baseball combined to hit a record 6,776 homers -- up from 5,585 in 2018 -- and 14 different teams set a new franchise record. National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso

Lodolo's rapid education extends to spring camp

@m_sheldon
February 16, 2020

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Professional baseball life has come pretty fast at Reds starting pitcher prospect Nick Lodolo. The 6-foot-6 left-hander was the seventh overall pick by the organization in last summer’s MLB Draft. Unlike most prospects at this stage however, Lodolo’s first pro Spring Training is with the big league

One prospect to watch on each team

February 13, 2020

The future is now. As Spring Training gets underway, there will be position battles and players with much to prove. But there will also be highly touted prospects who will be putting their talents on display against Major Leaguers during Cactus League and Grapefruit League action. Here's a guide to

These prospects have the best fastballs

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 11, 2020

Perhaps nothing gets a ballpark buzzing more than a long home run or a sizzling fastball. Scoreboards display velocity so fans can marvel at how hard flamethrowers deliver their heat. The current king of big league fastballers is Jordan Hicks, who threw the 23 fastest pitches in MLB last year

Here is each team's fastest prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 6, 2020

Think fast! That’s what we’re doing this week at MLB Pipeline. We assure this will be a quick read. That’s because we’re looking at the fastest players in each organization. This isn’t just a list of top prospects, as many organizations have speedsters who might not have other tools that

Here's each team's best defensive prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
January 17, 2020

There is so much pressure on prospects to perform at the plate. If they don’t hit, they don’t get noticed and might not advance. Sometimes that means defensive acumen is underappreciated. But not here at MLB Pipeline. We recently announced our All-Defensive Prospect Team and asked executives who they thought

Higher call? '20 may be dream year for Reds' C

Notable progress in all-around game has Stephenson on verge of bigs
@m_sheldon
January 13, 2020

CINCINNATI – Reds top catching prospect Tyler Stephenson knows he’s inching ever so close to reaching the big leagues. More pieces seemed to fall into place over the past year, setting him up to achieve his dream in 2020. First, Stephenson had the best hitting season of his pro career

Cincinnati prospects give back to community

December 16, 2019

CINCINNATI -- For the fourth consecutive year, a group of Reds prospects took some time to lend a hand in the Cincinnati community before participating in the team's biggest event of the offseason, FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank. Last Friday morning, 14 players split up between three

Reds acquire De León, add 4 others to 40-man

No. 4 prospect Santillan among players protected from Rule 5 Draft
@m_sheldon
November 20, 2019

CINCINNATI – With the annual Rule 5 Draft looming next month -- when exposed players can be taken by other clubs -- the Reds added four prospects to their 40-man roster on Wednesday to protect them from being selected. The club also made a trade to acquire right-handed pitcher José

Reds Arizona Fall League updates

October 25, 2019

Eight Reds prospects are playing for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Third baseman Jonathan India (No. 3, MLB No. 93), catcher Tyler Stephenson (No. 7), shortstop Jose Garcia (No. 9), outfielder Stuart Fairchild (No. 16), right-hander Jordan Johnson, right-hander Diomar Lopez, right-hander Dauri Moreta, and

AFL preparing Stephenson for leap to Triple-A

@JimCallisMLB
October 24, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Reds have been patient with Tyler Stephenson's development since they selected him 11th overall in the 2015 Draft. He spent his first two full pro seasons at low Class A Dayton while battling injuries, and he has advanced a level at a time since. After Stephenson

India learning to be a complete hitter at AFL

Reds' No. 5 prospect among eight playing in Arizona
@wboor
October 1, 2019

After a solid first full season of professional baseball, the Reds sent Jonathan India to the Arizona Fall League to further develop his game and potentially expedite his path to the Majors. The fifth overall pick from the 2018 Draft reached Double-A late in '19 and didn’t take long to

2017 int'l signee aims to find footing in AFL

@JesseSanchezMLB
September 27, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Reds prospect Jose Israel Garcia signed for millions of dollars without a ton of fanfare two years ago. He had his share of tryouts for teams at the time like most international prospects, but most clubs pigeonholed him as a defense-first second baseman with a light bat.

Pipeline names Reds Prospects of the Year

@m_sheldon
September 19, 2019

CINCINNATI -- Reds outfielder Brian O'Grady had a breakout 2019 season for Triple-A Louisville, but he really turned the corner in the latter half of 2018. Left-handed pitching prospect Packy Naughton, on the other hand, endured a challenging ’18, learned from the experience and made big leaps. MLB Pipeline named

Winker continues treatment: 'It's been slow'

Suarez puts on a show in Miami; Arizona Fall League rosters set
@m_sheldon
August 28, 2019

MIAMI -- The Reds once thought that outfielder Jesse Winker’s upper back spasms would keep him out for only a few days back on Aug. 16. Then he was placed on the 10-day injured list on Aug. 22. Wednesday’s latest development strongly indicated that Winker won’t be back soon. Manager

Is there another Aristides Aquino out there?

@JimCallisMLB
August 14, 2019

After winning Reds Minor League player of the year honors in 2016, Aristides Aquino stalled mightily in Double-A during the next two seasons. He did slam 37 homers in 245 games at Penascola, but he batted an overall .227/.293/.421 and fell out of the Reds' Top 30 Prospects list. While

Reds stay busy, trade Roark and Gennett 

@m_sheldon
July 31, 2019

CINCINNATI -- The Reds had a very busy final 24 hours before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline, and were making moves right up to the wire. Starting pitcher Tanner Roark was traded to the A’s and second baseman Scooter Gennett was moved to the Giants. Late Tuesday night in

Minor Leaguer's leaping catch not to be missed

July 30, 2019