Prospects in the Reds' 2020 player pool
As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an
As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an alternate training site in the hopes of staying fresh for a potential callup or getting in much-needed development time.
The MiLB.com staff is rounding up the notable prospects in each organization’s 60-man player pool and analyzing what the new system will mean for their 2020 seasons.
If you're looking for a National League team on the rise, look no further than the north bank of the Ohio River. Between veterans like Joey Votto and Trevor Bauer and up-and-comers Nick Senzel, Tucker Barnhart and company, the Reds are looking to make some noise in the NL Central.
To that end, nine Cincinnati prospects have been added to the 60-man player pool for Spring Training, including the club's No. 1
Nick Lodolo, LHP: With major presence on the mound at 6-foot-6, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2019 Draft made limited appearances in his first season. Still, he made quite an impression, posting a 2.45 ERA over 18 1/3 innings spanning eight appearances between Rookie Advanced Billings and Class A Dayton. Control was the biggest asset for MLB.com's No. 48 overall prospect -- he didn't issue any walks while striking out 30. Still a raw prospect out of Texas Christian University, Lodolo has all the stuff to quickly rise through the farm system. He'll be training at Prasco Park, the Reds' alternate site, and even though he lacks experience, his stuff is good enough that he could see Major League action, especially if Cincinnati is really competing in the NL Central down the stretch.
Hunter Greene, RHP: It's been almost two full years since the No. 57 overall prospect pitched in a Minor League game. But Greene appears to be healthy, and the club was confident enough to add him to the 60-man roster Wednesday, two nights before Opening Day. The No. 2 overall pick in 2017 was shut down long before his Tommy John surgery last April. Greene last pitched to a 4.48 ERA in 18 starts with Class A Dayton in 2018. His season ended when he strained his ulnar collateral ligament on July 26. He then tore the ligament the following spring. Greene was drafted as a two-way player out of high school but got just 30 professional at-bats before converting to pitching full time. His stuff could count among the most dominant in the Minors, with an 80-grade fastball that can reach more than 100 mph, a plus slider and a changeup. He hasn't been able to show it much, having pitched just 72 2/3 professional innings, but he should get some much-needed work at the club's alternate training site.
Jonathan India, 3B: In just two seasons in the Minors, the club's fourth-ranked prospect has risen to Double-A Chattanooga. In 2019, he hit .270/.414/.378 with three homers, three doubles, 14 RBIs, four stolen bases and 24 runs in 34 games with the Lookouts. He’s a solid third baseman with excellent mechanics and an above-average arm, and his approach at the plate vastly improved in 2019. He’s the future at the hot corner for the Reds and could possibly see playing time to give other players a rest during the shortened season.