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Hitting: 50. Power: 50. Running: 50. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: The Reds have a long history of signing Cuban prospects and have gotten strong payoffs for their proclivity, most notably Aroldis Chapman and Raisel Iglesias. Garcia became the latest Cuban to join the Reds when he signed for $5 million as part of their 2016-17 international signing class. Garcia was slowed by a shoulder injury in 2018 but broke out to lead the high Class A Florida State League with 46 extra-base hits in 2019. He hit four home runs in 13 games in spring training with the Reds in 2020, which helped convince the club to fast track him to the majors once baseball resumed after the coronavirus shutdown. The Reds called Garcia up in late August despite the fact he had never played above high Class A and immediately made him their everyday shortstop. He struggled with the aggressive jump and hit .194 before eventually turning the starting job back over to Freddy Galvis, but the Reds still used him as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner. SCOUTING REPORT: Jumping to the majors proved to be too much, too soon for Garcia, but he’s not a finished product as a hitter. He has good hand-eye coordination, solid bat control in the strike zone and more power than most middle infielders. As bad as his debut was, Garcia has the potential to be an average hitter with average or even a tick above-average power one day. His swing is simple, and his size and strength give him the ability to yank home runs and drive doubles in the gaps. Garcia’s approach got pull-heavy in the majors and he had difficulty laying off of breaking balls down and away, giving pitchers an easy plan of attack. Garcia hit .300 against lefties and .167 against righthanders, largely because of his struggles against sliders that broke away from him. Many of Garcia’s hitting issues can be chalked up to inexperience, and he has the potential to eventually hit .255-.260 with 15 home runs if he can build off his rough MLB debut. The Reds knew his aggressiveness at the plate was a potential issue, but they brought him up anyway because they love his glove. Garcia has the tools to be a plus defender at shortstop with a quick first step, excellent body control, soft hands, plus range and a plus arm. THE FUTURE: Garcia is the Reds’ shortstop of the future, but that future might not begin until late 2021 or 2022. He needs more time in the minors to face quality breaking balls in a less pressurized environment. His solid glove will give his bat plenty of chances to catch up.
Hitting: 55. Power: 60. Running: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: Hendrick had a loud summer leading into his senior year and showed off some of the best power in the 2020 draft class. He cleared Wrigley Field’s right field scoreboard during the Under Armour All-America Game home run derby and continued to mash throughout the showcase circuit. The coronavirus pandemic canceled Hendrick’s high school season before it started, but the Reds still drafted him 12th overall and signed him for $4 million to pass up a Mississippi State commitment. SCOUTING REPORT: Hendrick is a middle-of-the-order slugger in the making. His plus-plus raw power allows him to hit the ball out to all fields, and his exceptional bat speed allows him to turn around any fastball. Hendrick has a bat wrap that adds some length to his swing and leads to swings and misses, but he’s still a potential above-average hitter and shows enough selectivity to draw walks and post solid on-base percentages. Hendrick has plenty of work to do defensively. His fringe-average speed and plus arm fit in right field, but his routes and reads are well below-average. THE FUTURE: Hendrick fits the profile of an everyday outfielder whose bat carries him to the majors. He’ll make his pro debut in 2021.
Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Running: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55. TRACK RECORD: India had two solid-but-unspectacular seasons at Florida before exploding as a junior. He hit .350/.497/.717 with 21 home runs to vault up draft boards, and the Reds drafted him fifth overall and signed him for just under $5.3 million. India was again more solid than spectacular in his first taste of pro ball, but he still reached Double-A at the end of his first full season. He spent 2020 at the Reds’ alternate training site in Mason, Ohio. SCOUTING REPORT: India took a step forward at the alternate site. He did a better job of driving balls to the opposite field, and in turn his power to left and center field seemed to pick up. India has long had mature at-bats and controlled the strike zone, and the developments increased the confidence he’ll fulfill his potential as an above-average hitter with average or better power. India has moved around the infield but is most comfortable at third base, where he has average range. He flashes above-average arm strength, but at times his throws lack zip and are inaccurate, leading many to surmise his best long-term position will be second base. THE FUTURE: India projects as more of a solid regular than star, but Great American Ball Park could help his power numbers spike. He could make his big league debut in 2021.
Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Running: 30. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: Drafted 11th overall in 2015, Stephenson made his major league debut in 2020 and homered in his first at-bat. After a breather at the alternate training site, he returned to Cincinnati a month later and hit a walk-off home run in his fifth game. It was a fitting reward after an injury-filled minor league career. Stephenson had missed time with a concussion, wrist injury and thumb injury. SCOUTING REPORT: Stephenson fits the model of the bat-first catcher. His swing is quite compact for someone with long arms, and he has toned down the bat waggle and leg kick he had early in his pro career. The changes may sap his power to a minor extent, but they have helped him make more consistent contact. Stephenson recognizes spin well for a young hitter and altogether shows the attributes of an above-average hitter with average power. Stephenson’s pitch framing and blocking behind the plate have improved to average, but his game-calling needs work. His long arm action on his throws takes away from his plus arm strength. THE FUTURE: Stephenson’s bat is major league-ready, but his defense isn’t. If the National League has the DH again in 2021, it would help Stephenson get regular at-bats in the majors while continuing to polish his catching.
Fastball: 70. Slider: 60. Changeup: 45. Cutter: 55. Control: 55. TRACK RECORD: Greene’s 100 mph fastball made him a premium talent in high school, and the Reds drafted him second overall in 2017 and signed him for $7.23 million. He struggled early in his pro career and was shut down in July 2018 with an elbow ligament sprain. Greene attempted to rehab the injury, but eventually had Tommy John surgery that sidelined him for all of 2019. He returned in 2020 and spent the year at the Reds’ alternate training site. SCOUTING REPORT: Greene showed his velocity was back to its pre-injury levels at the alternate site. He sat 96-97 mph and touched 102, though his stuff played well below its velocity. His four-seamer lacks vertical movement to help miss bats and his sinker is relatively straight. Greene added a promising but inconsistent 90-93 mph cutter at the alternate site. His 80-85 mph slider is a bigger, sweepier pitch that flashes plus. Greene’s fringe-average changeup needs refinement to give him a pitch for lefties, who have hit .321/.411/.571 against him. Greene’s easy delivery gives him a chance for above-average control, though he’s pitched below that so far in pro ball. THE FUTURE: Greene’s delivery and effortless velocity fit as a starter, but his repertoire needs work. He’ll return to game action for the first time in two years in 2021.
Fastball: 55. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 55. Control: 50. TRACK RECORD: A high school teammate of Noah Syndergaard, Antone mixed 88-91 mph sinkers and cutters when the Reds drafted him out of Weatherford (Texas) JC. His development was slowed by Tommy John surgery in 2017, but his steady velocity improvement took a jump in 2020, when he proved a wonderful surprise with 2.80 ERA in 13 appearances for the Reds, including four starts. SCOUTING REPORT: Antone’s improved ability to load into his back leg, as well as other tweaks, helped him go from throwing 91-95 mph in 2019 to 94-98 mph in 2020 while also improving his command. His fastball is relatively straight, but the improved velocity helped him generate swings and misses up in the zone. His mid-80s slider is now a true plus pitch he throws as much as his fastball. It has tight, late tilt and is effective diving away from righties and in on lefties’ hands. His above-average, high-spin 78-82 mph curveball has a bigger, more vertical break than his slider and his 86-90 mph changeup with late drop flashes average. Antone throws strikes but doesn’t have a pitch that runs away from lefties, something he’ll need to earn a long-term rotation spot. THE FUTURE: Antone previously looked like an up-and-down starter. Now he’s at least a solid setup man and, if he can better handle lefties, he could be a useful starter.
Fastball: 55. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 60. Control: 60. TRACK RECORD: A supplemental first-round pick of the Pirates in 2016, Lodolo opted to head to Texas Christian instead of signing. After a dominant junior year at TCU, the Reds drafted him seventh overall in 2019 and signed him for $5.32 million. Lodolo appeared to be on the fast track after a brilliant pro debut, but his stuff regressed in 2020 during his stint at the alternate training site. SCOUTING REPORT: Lodolo is a 6-foot-6 lefty with plus control of his three-pitch arsenal, but his stuff simply wasn’t good enough to beat advanced hitters at the alternate training site. Lodolo’s fastball sat 90-94 mph, a tick or two slower than his debut, and his armside command was not particularly sharp. The unique challenges of the 2020 season may be a reason for those issues, but he’ll need to improve. Lodolo’s plus curveball with good depth and late snap is his best weapon and projects as a plus pitch. He has worked on throwing his changeup against both righties and lefties, but it is still in the early stages of development and has a long way to go to get to average. THE FUTURE: Lodolo’s ceiling has always been more of a mid-rotation starter than an ace. He needs to improve his velocity, fastball command and changeup to get there.
Hitting: 40. Power: 70. Running: 50. Fielding: 40. Arm: 70. TRACK RECORD: Hinds had some of the best power in the 2019 draft but struggled to get to it because he swung and missed so often. The Reds drafted him in the second round, No. 49 overall, and signed him for 1,797,500. Hinds played just three games in 2019 due to a quad injury, but he reported to the alternate training site in 2020 and steadily improved. He built on a successful summer with an excellent instructional league, where he hit five home runs. SCOUTING REPORT: Hinds’ improvement as a hitter was the most encouraging development of 2020. He showed improved ability to lay off breaking balls and make consistent contact, although it needs to remain a focus. He has plenty of bat speed and his hands work well enough to give his swing some malleability. He has massive, plus-plus raw power when he connects and posted exit velocities as high as 117 mph in instructs. Hinds’ plus-plus arm is an asset at third base, but his footwork has to improve and his range is fringy. Many evaluators believe he eventually will be an above-average right fielder, where his average speed will fit. THE FUTURE: Hinds still has a lot of work to do, but his power potential and athleticism give him a high ceiling. He has impressed with his drive and intelligence.
Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 40. Control: 45. TRACK RECORD: After a slow but steady progression through the Reds’ farm system, Santillan battled through a shoulder injury in 2019 at Double-A Chattanooga and saw his stuff and control take a step back. He looked more like his old self in 2020 at the alternate training site and put himself back on the radar as an option for the Reds in the coming years. SCOUTING REPORT: Santillan is a bit of a slow starter every season but generally rounds himself into form. At his best, Santillan’s fastball works effectively in the low 90s and touches 97-98 mph with late, vertical life to get swings and misses. Santillan’s 84-88 mph slider has solid bite and projects as a plus pitch to give him an effective secondary, but he lacks a third option. His 87-90 mph changeup is well below-average because it lacks deception and flattens out too often. Santillan has some effort in his delivery, leading to stretches of below-average control. THE FUTURE: Santillan’s most likely future is as a two-pitch power reliever whose fastball and slider plays up in shorter stints. The Reds will give him a chance to see if he can improve his changeup and control at Triple-A and remain a potential starter.
Hitting: 50. Power: 40. Running: 60. Fielding: 70. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: Lefthanded hitting outfielders run in the Siani family. Mike received an overslot $2 million bonus as a fourth-round pick in 2018, his younger brother Sammy was a supplemental first round pick of the Pirates in 2019, and youngest brother Jake is a top draft prospect for 2021. Mike struggled some in his pro debut in the low Class A Midwest League, but the Reds still brought him to their alternate training site at the end of the 2020 season.. SCOUTING REPORT: Siani faces questions about his bat, but there’s little doubt about his defense. He is a plus runner with excellent range in center field and has Gold Glove potential. He gets excellent jumps, runs precise routes and has a plus arm that yielded 18 assists in his first pro season. Siani has a direct swing path but tends to overswing. He has a little bit of gap power that will likely improve as he matures and gets stronger, but he’s better suited to be a table-setter who uses the entire field and takes advantage of his plus speed on the bases. THE FUTURE: Siani is years away from being ready for the majors as a hitter. His defense will buy him time to make the necessary approach and strength improvements.
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