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Wick Terrell

2023 Community Prospect Rankings - The Top 25

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The top prospects on the Cincinnati Reds farm!6

The votes are in, all manipulation possible has been done (trust me), and the Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings are officially official for the 2023 season. Voting over the previous few days cemented the final spots on the list, and we now have our new Top 25.

Here it is, in all its glory!

Elly De La Cruz, SS Noelvi Marte, SS/3B Cam Collier, 3B Edwin Arroyo, SS Christian Encarnacion-Strand,...

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Report: Mike Minor eyes return, to throw for teams later this month

Minor, 35, was traded from the Royals to the Reds not long before the 2022 season but spent the first two months of the year on the injured list due to shoulder troubles.

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A handful of interesting platoon bats remain available on MLB market

Free agency is slim pickings at this point, with very few potential everyday players left unsigned. But there remain a few intriguing names, particularly for teams looking for platoon help.

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Reds sign former first-round pick Nick Plummer

The Reds have signed Nick Plummer and Nick Martini to minor league deals, according to the team’s MLB.com transactions page.

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Victor Acosta is the #20 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system

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The former San Diego farmhand will get his first full year in the Reds system in 2023.

Victor Acosta came to the Cincinnati Reds at last July’s trade deadline as the return from the San Diego Padres, a deal that sent future Silver Slugger winner Brandon Drury to the playoff-bound Friars. It seemed a rather great get for the Reds at the time, as Acosta was one of the prized signees of the Padres in a previous international signing...

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Ways Kroger could sponsor the Cincinnati Reds for $5 million

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A Friday List

We knew long ago that the 2023 Major League Baseball season would be one of change. We knew the shift was going to be severely restricted from its go-go days, and that the bases would be enlarged, too.

We also knew that teams would, for the first time, be able to wear patches on their uniforms from sponsors. Yesterday, we learned that the Cincinnati Reds would be partnering with logal übercompany Kroger, sporting a season-long patch in...

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Lyon Richardson is the #19 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system

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Is this the year we finally see the best of him?

Lyon Richardson has thrown a grand total of 76.0 IP as a member of the Cincinnati Reds organization since the end of the 2019 season. I don’t need to tell you how long that span is, nor do I need to tell you how little work that is, either.

That he allowed 43 ER in those 76.0 IP - good for a 5.09 ERA - is certainly not why he’s included here on the 2023 Red Reporter Community Prospect...

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They love Cincinnati Reds prospects! They hate Cincinnati Reds prospects!

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Thursday prospect links, sans exclamation point.

There you are, sitting on your couch enjoying coffee, spending the painfully long Major League Baseball offseason dreaming of the best-case scenarios for your favorite team. We have reached February, and this upcoming Monday will mark three full months since the Houston Astros clinched their World Series title.

It has been 138 days since Elly De La Cruz played his last professional game...

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Carlos Jorge is the #18 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system!

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An overlooked middle-infielder of the future?

After wrecking Dominican Summer League play with a 1.015 OPS as a 17 year old, Carlos Jorge came to the states for the 2022 season and promptly wrecked the Arizona Complex League with a .935 OPS for the Cincinnati Reds club in Goodyear at age 18. Through 342 PA since being signed as an international free agent, he owns a .422 OBP, and the sweet-swinging lefty will enter the 2023 season as a 19...

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Red Reposter - Chad Pinder signs a minor league deal

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Tuesday links!

Back in early October, I sought Twitter’s opinion on which move this winter would be the most ‘Reds’ move - meaning, I think, a move that a) only the Reds would make or that b) would be a move that, for most teams, would be a fine 6th or 7th most important move of an offseason but, since it’s the Reds, would be their biggest.

Friend of the blog Mo Egger replied with this:

Chad Pinder

— Mo...

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Jay Allen II is the #17 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system!

The tools are there...can he put them together in-game this season?

The talent was on full display for Jay Allen II during his final season at John Carroll Catholic High School in 2021, and it propelled him to being the 30th player selected in the 2021 MLB Draft. He promptly backed that up by posting a .997 OPS in small-sample Arizona Complex League play, in which time he swiped 14 bags in 19 games.

That paired with plus CF defense pushed him all the way up to #6 in last year’s...

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Cincinnati Reds spring training position battles - SS/3B

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The infield’s left side is in a state of flux.

Exactly one year and eleven days ago, we detailed how Baseball America - perhaps the most esteemed ranker of top prospects in the entire industry - rated Jose Barrero as the single best prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system. Most of their peers had already considered Barrero a graduated prospect due to the discrepancy over service time during the pandemic-shortened season, but the fact remained that...

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Rece Hinds is the #16 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system!

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If it’s power you want, it’s power you’ll get!

With an arm that touched 96 mph on a throw from right field and a bat that crushed a 117 mph rocket in Arizona Fall League play, it’s undeniable that Cincinnati Reds prospect Rece Hinds has some truly elite aspects of his game. There’s glorious upside, really, and it’s that optimism that fueled you to vote him as the #16 prospect in the team’s system in this, the 2023...

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Ricardo Cabrera is the #15 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system

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Can the Reds finally turn a top-flight international prospect into a big league success story?

The track record, lately, of the Cincinnati Reds developing international prospects into star-caliber big leaguers is not good. Aside from adding established stars out of the top league in Cuba, the Reds have struggled to see their invested dollars overseas turn into WAR at the big league level - and not all of those signings have panned out, either.

The hope...

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Joe Boyle is the #14 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system

You want heat? You got heat!

Way back in 2006, Aaron Harang demonstrated just how much being 6’7” can help one keep opposing hitters off-keel when he led the National League with 216 strikeouts. That came with a fastball that barely averaged 90 mph, for the record, but when you land that close to home plate, any sort of stuff tends to play up.

Now imagine a guy standing 6’7” who can routinely pump fastballs up to 102 mph. That’s what the Cincinnati Reds have now in former Notre...

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Watch: Scott Rolen tells parents he made Baseball Hall of Fame in emotional reveal

Scott Rolen is the latest former MLB player to share their emotional moment of enshrinement into the National Baseball Hall of Fame with family members.

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Cincinnati Reds spring training position battles - Outfield

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A look at which Reds will be fighting their way into the lineup in Goodyear.

I don’t always turn anything related to the Cincinnati Reds into a story about Joey Votto, but I damn sure do whenever I see a golden opportunity. This, a deeper dive into how the Reds outfield might shake out in spring training over the coming months, is what I consider a golden opportunity.

While Votto did spend 51 innings in LF back in 2007,...

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Scott Rolen elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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Congrats to the former Cincinnati Reds 3B!

After six turns on the ballot, former Cincinnati Reds 3B Scott Rolen is officially headed to Cooperstown. By one of the slimmest margins in voting history - just 5 votes over the threshold needed - Rolen became the lone member elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America this go-around, with former Colorado Rockies legend Todd Helton coming up just 11 votes shy.

Welcome to Cooperstown, Scott Rolen!...

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Michael Siani is the #13 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system

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And he might be the Cincinnati Reds CF on Opening Day...

Nick Senzel is currently recovering from a November toe surgery that had him still in a boot during RedsFest. Nick Senzel, mind you, is supposed to be the CF for the Cincinnati Reds, something that’s officially in-doubt with Opening Day inching ever closer.

Mike Siani is undoubtedly the most talented defensive CF the Reds have at any level, and after developing a bit more pop during the 2022...

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Red Reposter - That’s it, these are your Reds

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Tuesday links!

Connor Overton will turn 30 this summer, and he’s thrown a grand total of 48.1 IP at the big league level in his entire career.

Nicks Senzel and Solak combined for 8 homers and nary a triple during the 2022 MLB season.

Tejay Antone and Lucas Sims combined for 6.2 total IP at the big league level during the 2022 season, a number far smaller than the combined amount of sutures they’ve had removed in the last 12...

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