Nick Senzel tops new MLB Pipeline top prospects

MLB Pipeline announced the release of its newest top organizational prospects list, as well as its top 100 prospects list.

Nick Senzel topped the Reds organization and was ranked 56th overall in the top 100 list.

Senzel, the second overall pick by the Reds in the June draft, has risen up the ranks quickly. After just a handful of games in Billings, Senzel earned a promotion to Dayton. He has been raking since joining the Dragons. Senzel has hit .333 with a 1.020 OPS in 78 at bats in Low-A.

Senzel, who play collegiality at Tennessee, was regarded as one of the most pro-ready hitters in the draft, Senzel combines the ability to hit for average and projectable professional power. In his final college season, Senzel led the Southeastern Conference with 25 doubles and was named Cape Cod League MVP.

Amir Garrett is enjoying a breakout season in 2016 and is one spot behind Senzel in both the organization ranking and the top 100.

Garrett started the 2016 season in Double-A Pensacola, but earned a promotion to Triple-A and has made four starts with Louisville. In those four, Garrett has posted a 2.35 ERA and struck out 19 in 30.2 innings.

Garrett has improved his command and raised his strikeout numbers with Pensacola in the 2016 season and has really risen up the ranks in Minor League pitching prospects. The left-handed Garrett played some college basketball during his tenure in the system, but has since changed his focus just to baseball. Garrett works in the low-90s with the fastball that can touch the mid-90s at times, which scouts have raved about.

Though Cody Reed has seen plenty of time with the Reds and his share of struggles to go with it, he still ranks third in the organization and 59th overall in the top 100. Reed has seen issues with command and hard hit balls with the Reds, which has led to an inflated ERA and WHIP.

Reed was one of three left-handed pitchers acquired from the Royals in the Johnny Cueto trade, along with Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb. Reed was originally a second round pick by the Royals in 2013 and has risen up the ranks quickly. At the time of the trade in 2015, Reed had already worked his way up to Double-A and was continued at the level with the Reds. After working just 78.1 innings at Double-A, Reed was aggressively promoted to Triple-A to start the 2016 season following a strong Spring.

Even despite the struggles, Reed has the stuff to be successful and has a large upside once the big league recipe for success sinks in.

The 2016 season has seen a couple of injuries for Jesse Winker. Regardless, he still checks in as the organization’s fourth best prospect and 66th overall.

Winker has hit .286 and has been an on base machine. He has rode his .374 OBP to reach a .743 OPS in Triple-A.

Winker has been the top outfield prospect in the Reds organization for a few years, showcasing all of the tools necessary to be successful at the next level. The Reds have been aggressive in their handling of the 2012 first round pick Winker and he has responded each time. He was promoted to Double-A by the end of 2014. He was allowed to develop for the entire 2015 season in Double-A, before starting the 2016 season in Triple-A.

Robert Stephenson wraps up the Reds in the top 100 at 70th overall. Stephenson has won a pair of Major League games in 2016, but has really struggled with command in 2016 with Louisville. This was much of the reason for his fall from 35th to begin the season.

Stephenson was the 27th pick in the first round by the Reds out of high school and has developed into the top prospect in the organization since. He has the ability to hit the mid-90s consistently with the fastball as a starter and has really polished his stuff at the upper levels. Stephenson also works with a strong curve and is developing a changeup that has become serviceable. Command has never really been an issue for Stephenson, as you see with some young hard throwers, prior to the 2016 season.

Some other notable names on the list include International signing Alfredo Rodriguez at six, and recent draft picks Taylor Trammell and Chris Okey at 11 and 12, respectively.

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