Updated Top 10 Prospects (2020): Cincinnati Reds: A Pair Of Intriguing Prospects Join A Solid System

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The Reds appear to be turning the corner on their rebuild, with a few more intriguing prospects waiting in the wings. While the 2020 Draft didn’t necessarily add “elite” talent, at least a pair of names find spots in the Top 10 with the potential to bolster a solid system. Let’s take a look:

  1. Hunter Greene (RHP, Grade – B+)
  2. Jonathan India (3B, Grade – B)
  3. Nick Lodolo (LHP, Grade – B)
  4. Tyler Stephenson (C, Grade – B)
  5. Austin Hendrick (OF, Grade – B-)
  6. Jose Garcia (SS, Grade – B-)
  7. Michael Siani (OF, Grade – B-)
  8. Christian Roa (RHP, Grade – C+)
  9. Tony Santillan (RHP, Grade – C+)
  10. Tyler Callihan (2B, Grade – C+)

Jackson Miller, a supplemental second round pick, fell just short of making the Top 10 but is a C+ prospect who could be pushed onto future rankings.

Why Hendrick at #5?

There is no questioning the immense power that Hendrick brings, but the obvious question is if he’ll make enough contact to tap into it.  Just look at these excerpts from scouting reports:

He has incredibly quick hands and bat speed, along with leverage and loft, to generate that pop from the left side of the plate, but he tinkered with his setup this past summer and there was some concern with the uptick in swing and miss to his game. – MLB.com

Hendrick has extremely quick hands that allow him to get to his 70-grade power, though he’s had to implement some timing mechanisms to keep himself back. Those adjustments have included a quirky toe-tap which has been replaced by a fluid leg kick. Hendrick’s consistency with his bat leaves fewer questions than for other high school hitters, though he does have some swing-and-miss concerns. – Baseball America

The Reds will certainly try to work on his swing to see if they can fix the issue.  The power should play, especially in Cincinnati, and he could quickly become a fixture in the outfield.

Why Roa at #8?

It’s possible that he would’ve come off the board earlier, though he struggled in his final two starts prior to the season ending abruptly and that likely left a sour taste for teams.  That said, it’s possible the Reds ultimately reap the benefits considering the tools he brings to the table:

  • Size – At 6’4” and 220 lbs, Roa clearly has the size teams look for and ability to hold up to a full workload
  • Repertoire – According to Baseball America he, “throws a fastball, slider, curveball and changeup, all of which are at least average and a few much better than that.”

That said there are concerns as well, which is why he’s not ranked higher on this list and remains a C+ type prospect:

  • In terms of his fastball, Baseball America noted that “One concerning metric is Roa’s career hits per nine mark, which is just under 10 and speaks to the concerns about Roa’s fastball playing too flat.”
  • MLB.com also noted, “his control was significantly ahead of his command, so he’ll have to do a better job of locating his pitches.”

To view our Preseason Top 10 Prospects, click here.

Sources – MLB.com, Baseball America

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