For the Reds, 2019 has been a pretty major disappointment. I won’t even try to sugarcoat it. But there have been some highlights. You have to start with the homerun hitting, record-breaking rookie Aristides Aquino, of course. We also had All-Star performances from Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray. We acquired Trevor Bauer (give him time…he’ll come around). Amir Garrett fought the entire Pirates dugout.
The Reds’ farm system has delivered some gems this year, too. Aquino, Senzel, VanMeter, and Ervin have all proven themselves to be solid everyday players. The minor league system has also sent up a few guys who should be give some time to adjust to the majors – like Blandino and O’Grady.
So…who’s next? Who are the players Reds fans should expect to see in 2020? Here are my thoughts:
> Jonathan India might be the most probable candidate, but his path to 3B is blocked by Eugenio Suarez.
> Jose Siri should see some opportunities in the majors next year.
> Vladimir Gutierrez has a ton of potential, but he’s been shaky at best in the minors this year.
> Hunter Greene is recovering from Tommy John surgery.
> Taylor Trammell was a top prospect, but he’s with the Padres now (insert tears).
> Tony Santillan has a shot at joining next year’s pitching lineup, but that depends on the team’s off-season moves.
> Tyler Stephenson could get some time behind the plate.
> Mike Siani isn’t lighting it up in the minors just yet.
> Jose Garcia has been decent in the minors, but we’ve got a huge logjam in the middle infield. That will block his path unless he cranks up the offense.
> Lyon Richardson still needs more time to develop his arm in the minors.
So…to honor some of these 2020 prospects, I’ve created a new design for them. Here’s the first set of 3 cards.