A Cincinnati Reds season that was over almost as soon as it began — a 3-18 start guaranteeing a summer of irrelevancy — now enters a stretch of 16 games in 16 days.
At 26-45, the Reds are still on pace to hit 100 losses for the first time since 1982. There are still reasons to follow them, of course: Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez’s pursuit of their first All-Star nods and Joey Votto’s consistent excellence, to name a few.
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Among the stories to watch in the months ahead revolves around the Reds’ top prospects. All eyes will turn to Nick Senzel. When will he get promoted for the first time?
Beyond Senzel, though, who’s playing well? Here’s how the players who ranked in the top 10 of an MLB.com list of Reds prospects are doing in 2018:
1. Senzel, third baseman, Triple-A Louisville Bats: Senzel, the No. 2 overall pick in 2016, had a run of seven straight games with multiple hits until Sunday when he was 1-for-5. He raised his average from .256 to .302 in an eight-game stretch. Senzel has four home runs and a team-best 22 RBIs in 40 games.
2. Hunter Greene, right-handed pitcher, Single-A Dayton: The No. 2 overall pick in 2017 has cut his ERA in half in his last five starts. It stood at 10.06 on May 18 and is now 5.53. He’s 1-5 in 12 starts.
3. Taylor Trammell, right fielder, Single-A Daytona: The 35th overall pick in 2016, Trammell is hitting .296 with a .402 on-base percentage. He has six home runs and 23 RBIs in 57 games. He started in the Florida State League All-Star Game on Saturday and went 1-for-3.
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4. Tony Santillan, right-handed pitcher, Daytona: A second-round pick in 2015, Santillan is 5-4 with a 3.00 ERA in 12 starts. He was 9-8 with a 3.38 ERA last season with the Dayton Dragons.
5. Shed Long, second baseman, Double-A Pensacola: After hitting .227 in 42 games last season in Pensacola, Long’s hitting .267 with six home runs and 25 RBIs in 63 games. He was a 12th-round pick in 2013.
6. Jeter Downs, second baseman, Dayton: The Reds’ second pick in 2017, Downs is hitting .258 with eight home runs and 24 RBIs in the first half. He leads the Dragons with 18 stolen bases.
7. Jose Siri, center fielder, Daytona: After hitting .293 last season with the Dragons, he’s hitting .252 with one home run and eight RBIs this season. He was on the disabled list until May 10 because of a thumb injury.
8. Tyler Stephenson, catcher, Daytona: He’s hitting .273 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 53 games.
9. Vladimir Gutierrez, right-handed pitcher, Pensacola: The Cuban-born Gutierrez, who signed with the Reds as a free agent in 2016, is 3-8 with 5.63 ERA in 14 starts.
10. Stuart Fairchild, center fielder, Dayton: The 2017 second-round pick is hitting .277 with seven home runs and a team-best 37 RBIs. He was one of five Dragons named to the Midwest League All-Star team.