Where Reds' Top 30 prospects are starting season

April 4th, 2018

With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the Reds' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Nick Senzel (MLB No. 7), 3B -- Louisville Bats (AAA)

2. Hunter Greene (MLB No. 21), RHP -- Dayton Dragons (A)

3. Taylor Trammell (MLB No. 43), OF -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)

4. (MLB No. 84), RHP -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB)

5. Antonio Santillan, RHP -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)

6. , 2B -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)

7. Jeter Downs, SS -- Dayton Dragons (A)

8. , OF -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA) - DL

9. Tyler Stephenson, C -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)

10. Vladimir Gutierrez, RHP -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)

11. Stuart Fairchild, OF -- Dayton Dragons (A)

12. Jose Israel Garcia, SS -- Dayton Dragons (A)

13. , OF -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)

14. , RHP -- Louisville Bats (AAA)

15. TJ Friedl, OF -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)

16. Alfredo Rodriguez, SS -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)

17. Jacob Heatherly, LHP -- Extended spring training

18. , 2B/SS -- Louisville Bats (AAA)

19. Chris Okey, C -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv) - DL

20. Nick Longhi, 1B/OF -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)

21. , RHP -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)

22. Phil Ervin, OF -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB)

23. Scott Moss, LHP -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)

24. , RHP -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB) - DL

25. Gavin LaValley, 1B/3B -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)

26. , RHP -- Louisville Bats (AAA)

27. Nick Hanson, RHP -- Extended spring training

28. Blake Trahan, SS -- Louisville Bats (AAA)

29. Tanner Rainey, RHP -- Louisville Bats (AAA)

30. Miles Gordon, OF -- Dayton Dragons (A)

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Team to watch

While top prospect Nick Senzel goes to Triple-A Louisville and No. 2 prospect Hunter Greene begins his first full season with Class A Dayton, there is a critical mass of prospects who will head to Double-A Pensacola to start the 2018 season. The Blue Wahoos roster will have eight of the Reds' Top 30 on it, starting with No. 6 prospect Shed Long. Outfielders Jose Siri (No. 8) and Aristides Aquino (No. 13), along with right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez (No. 10), gives Pensacola a total of four prospects in the Top 15.

Where baseball's top prospects are starting the 2018 season

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Louisville Bats

Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Dayton Dragons

New faces

The Reds officially signed infielder Jose Israel Garcia in June of last year. The Cuban, who will be 20 for all of the 2018 season, has yet to play an official game for the organization. That will change as he breaks camp with the Dayton Dragons in the Midwest League. A second baseman for the Cuban junior national team, he should get a very long look at shortstop as a pro.

On the shelf

No. 19 prospect Chris Okey tried to play through left hand and wrist injuries in 2017, leading to a disastrous first full season. He'll have to wait a while longer to try and erase that as the other wrist is keeping him from starting the year on an active roster. He's expected to be ready to go in a few weeks.

A year ago, Rookie Davis (No. 24) was a surprise winner of a big league rotation spot. That didn't go so well, and it turned out a hip issue required surgery. The Reds are optimistic that now that it's been fixed, Davis will return to form, though it will likely be midseason before he's ready to compete on the mound again.

No. 8 prospect Jose Siri will begin the year on Pensacola's disabled list as he works his way back from a thumb injury.