Reds farm system moves up MLB rankings; 4 among top 100 prospects

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Jesse Winker #33 of the Cincinnati Reds catches a fly ball during the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 27, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Jesse Winker #33 of the Cincinnati Reds catches a fly ball during the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 27, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds are off to an inauspicious start to spring training, but there was some good news this week for the club.

MLB.com ranks the team's farm system ninth out of 30 teams, and four Reds prospects are in the MLB.com top 100.

That group is, not surprisingly, led by Nick Senzel, the No. 2 pick in the draft last June who tore up the Midwest League with the Dayton Dragons in July and August.

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Also in the top 100 are left-handed pitcher Amir Garrett (66th), outfielder Jesse Winker (67th) and righty Robert Stephenson (87th).

Filling out the top 10 in the organization are OF Taylor Trammell, OF Aristides Aquino, RHP Louis Castillo, catcher Tyler Stephenson, RHP Sal Romano and RHP Tyler Mahle.

ExploreCastillo was recently acquired from the Marlins for Dan Straily.

That makes him an outlier as only four of the team's top 30 prospects (per MLB.com) joined the organization via trade. Nineteen of them – including all of the top five – were draft picks.

(Worth noting: Trade acquisitions Cody Reed, Brandon Finnegan, Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler, Anthony DeSclafani and Adam Duvall are not eligible for this list because they have moved up to the big club.)

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