With another lost season taking place in Cincinnati, it’s natural for the eyes to wander over toward the horizon.
How are the Reds top prospects doing at this point in the season?
Here’s a quick rundown of Baseball America’s recently updated top 10 in the organization:
1. Nick Senzel is crushing it in Double-A Pensacola with an .896 OPS after a huge first half in High-A Daytona. The third baseman took the Midwest League by storm at Low-A Dayton last season the same year he was drafted out of Tennessee.
2. Pitcher/shortstop Hunter Greene still awaiting his pro debut in Billings (rookie ball).
3. Tyler Mahle had an awesome first half in Pensacola and has been almost as good at Louisville, where his ERA is 2.76 after seven starts. He has 37 strikeouts and 10 walks in 42 1/3 innings.
4. Pitcher Luis Castillo is in the majors.
5. Still just 19 years old, outfielder Taylor Trammell is having a strong season at Dayton with a .784 OPS (eight homers, 57 RBIs, 29 steals). He was the No. 35 overall pick last year.
6. Jesse Winker is back with the Reds and looking at getting a good chunk of playing time in the outfield the rest of the way.
7. Vladimir Gutierrez, a right-handed starter signed out of Cuba last year, has solid numbers at Daytona. His ERA is 4.24, but the 21-year-old has struck out 91 while walking only 18 in 18 starts.
8. Shed Long had a great 62-game stint in Daytona to start this season but has struggled through his first month-plus at Double-A, where the second baseman is below the Mendoza line after hitting .312 for the Tortugas.
9. Tony Santillan, former second-round pick with a triple-digit fastball, has a 3.18 ERA in 18 starts with the Dragons. He has struck out 96 in 99 innings.
10. Jose Siri you probably know about unless you just got the internet in the last hour or so. The 22-year-old outfielder entered Wednesday on a 37-game hitting streak. Hitting .296 with 19 homers and 29 stolen bases.