Ranking where the new Cincinnati Reds prospects are in the organization

The Cincinnati Reds are counting on their farm system to push them back into playoff contention whether that’s in a few years or requires an even bigger rebuild.

Some of them have already started at the Major League level. Jonathan India and Tyler Stephenson quickly earned big roles as rookies in 2021. This year, it was a chance for rookies Nick Lodolo, Hunter Greene and Graham Ashcraft to learn how to play together in the big leagues.

After acquiring 10 prospects at the trade deadline, including three ranked on Baseball America’s top 100 list, the Reds are hoping to speed up the rebuild and reshape the roster with more upside. They added several shortstops, which should improve the athleticism of the organization.

Here is a ranking of the 10 prospects:

March 16, 2022;  USA;  Seattle Mariners Noelvi Marte poses for a 2022 MLB portrait. Mandatory Credit: MLB Photos via USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2022; USA; Seattle Mariners Noelvi Marte poses for a 2022 MLB portrait. Mandatory Credit: MLB Photos via USA TODAY Sports

1. SS Noelvi Marte, 20, High-A. From Seattle in the Luis Castillo trade.

He is ranked as Baseball America’s No. 46 overall prospect. There’s a chance his defense will put him away, but he’s still a top contender for his bat. He hit .365 with eight doubles, nine homers and 32 RBIs in his last 29 games before the trade.

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2. SS Edwin Arroyo, 19, Single-A. From Seattle in Castillo trade.

A second-round pick in the 2021 MLB draft, he is ranked No. 47 overall by Baseball America. He is expected to stay at shortstop and his potential will be determined by his bat. He hit .315 with six doubles, two triples, a homer and 17 RBIs in 20 games in July with eight stolen bases in eight attempts.

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3. INF Spencer Steer, 24, Triple-A. From Minnesota in trade Tyler Mahle.

He emerged as a highly rated prospect over the past two years as he began to push for more power. Rated No. 97 overall on Baseball America’s list, he hit .307 with 13 doubles, eight homers and 30 RBIs in 35 games at Double-A before being promoted in late May. What stands out about him is that he hits for more power without sacrificing his approach, hitting 20 homers this year with 42 walks and 66 strikeouts in 388 total plate appearances.

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San Diego Padres shortstop Victor Acosta during spring training at the San Diego Padres Spring Training Complex on March 15, 2022.

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4. SS Victor Acosta, 18, Rookie Complex League. From San Diego in the Brandon Drury trade.

Acosta is several years away from the majors, but has tremendous upside with a top arm, good speed and above-average power potential. Signed for $1.8 million as an international free agent and rated No. 11 in the Padres farm system. He is hitting .243 with three doubles, two triples, two homers and 11 RBIs in 32 games in rookie ball.

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March 19, 2022;  Peoria, Arizona, USA  Seattle Mariners pitcher Levi Stoudt (72) on the mound against the Los Angeles Dodges during spring training at the Peoria Sports Complex.  Mandatory credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

March 19, 2022; Peoria, Arizona, USA Seattle Mariners pitcher Levi Stoudt (72) on the mound against the Los Angeles Dodges during spring training at the Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

5. RHP Levi Stoudt, 24, Double-A. From Seattle in Castillo trade.

It’s been an inconsistent season for Stoudt, but at his best, he’s a four-pitch guy who can hit the low 90s with his fastball. He was ranked No. 10 in the Mariners’ farm system, though he has posted a 5.28 ERA through 18 starts at Double-A. He will need to improve his consistency to reach his starting position.

6. LHP Steven Hajjar, 21, Single-A. From Minnesota to Mahle trade.

Rated the No. 11 prospect in the Twins’ system, Hajjar performed well in Single-A with a 2.89 ERA in 12 starts and 71 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings. He is striking out 4.5 batters per nine innings, which he will need to reduce if he is to remain a starter.

May 28, 2021. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.  Oklahoma St. third baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand (24) runs to home plate against West Virginia during the Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.  Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

May 28, 2021. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Oklahoma St. third baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand (24) runs to home plate against West Virginia during the Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

7. 3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand, 22, Double-A. From Minnesota to Mahle trade.

There are some evaluators who believe he has the highest upside among the players the Reds added in the Mahle trade. Encarnacion-Strand is hitting .302 with 25 homers, 25 doubles and 85 RBIs in 87 games this year. His defense may require a move to first base, but all he’s done is hit since being drafted last year.

8. RHP Andrew Moore, 22, Single-A. From Seattle in Castillo trade.

He’s a bit big for Single-A, but he was dominant as a 14th-round pick in last year’s draft. Moore, a reliever, had a 1.95 ERA in 32 1/3 innings with 58 strikeouts and 17 walks. Rated No. 26 in the Mariners’ system, his fastball can top 100 mph and has a power slider.

9. CF Héctor Rodríguez, 18, Rookie Complex League. From the New York Mets in the Tyler Naquin trade.

Rodríguez runs well and has a good bat-to-ball approach. He has already played two games for the Reds rookie squad and is 3-for-7 with two triples, two stolen bases, a walk and zero strikeouts. International signees usually don’t rank unless they sign for high bonuses until they reach Single-A.

10. RHP José Acuña, 19, Single-A. From the New York Mets in the Naquin trade.

The Reds like Acuña’s upside because he’s had a velocity jump on his fastball this year and is still adding power. He has made three Single-A starts, two for the Mets and one for the Reds, and his pitching line is: 13 innings, eight hits, one earned run, five walks and 18 strikeouts.

This article originally appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer: Ranking the Cincinnati Reds trade deadline prospects: Noelvi Marte

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