The MLB Trade Deadline is always an exciting time, and this year we saw one of the craziest ones ever. After the deadline passes, all the fan bases of contending teams like to argue which team “won” the deadline. This year, the San Diego Padres stole the show by acquiring: Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Josh Hader and Brandon Drury. It is nearly impossible to have a better deadline than that. Some would argue the Padres even had the best deadline of all time, but what if I told you a team with 42 wins was the actual winner?
The Cincinnati Reds came into the deadline with a middle of the pack farm system while having some of the most sought after players on the trade market. Over this last week they traded: Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle, Brandon Drury and Tyler Naquin. After trading all of these guys, there is no denying the Reds have one of, if not the best farm system in all of baseball. There were seven top 100 prospects traded at the deadline, one went to Miami, three went to Washington in the Juan Soto blockbuster, the other three are now in the Reds organization.
I know if you are a fan of the Cincinnati Reds it is hard to be excited when you just trade one of the best pitchers in the game in Luis Castillo and a home grown talent in Tyler Mahle, but I can assure you it was well worth it. Trading for prospects is never a sure fire thing but the Reds traded for ELITE prospects. No matter how you look at it the Reds were not going to be very good the rest of this year and next, so why would you keep these guys around anyway? Before the season General Manager Nick Krall talked about building longevity within the organization that can set them up for success for a long time and boy did he do that.
The Reds have a good young core on the MLB roster already that consists of Tyler Stephesnon, Jonathan India, Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo and Graham Ashcraft. These players have just been handed the keys to the organization and they are expected to lead the team. Giving them this responsibility this early will bode well for when the Reds are set up for success in a few years.
Even though the Reds have some promising young talent, the most exciting prospect currently resides in Chattanooga Tennessee and he goes by the name of Elly De La Cruz. De La Cruz is the most exciting hitting prospect the Reds have ever had and all of these moves have reflected that. Nearly all of the players they acquired this last week are expected to be in the big leagues around the same time as De La Cruz. It might sound crazy but I think the Reds might already be building around him and I couldn’t agree more.
The Reds are set up for a ton of future success because of this trade deadline, so let’s take a look at my version of the Reds top 15 prospect rankings now that they have a lot of new faces.
*means they were acquired at the trade deadline
1 Elly De La Cruz – SS
2 Noelvi Marte – SS *
3 Cam Collier – 3B
4 Matt McLain – SS
5 Edwin Arroyo – SS *
6 Spencer Steer – INF *
7 Connor Phillips – SP
8 Christan Encarnacion-Strand – 1B/3B *
9 Chase Petty – SP
10 Brandon Williamson – SP
11 Daniel Vellojin – C
12 Jay Allen – OF
13 Andrew Abbot – SP
14 Rece Hinds – INF/OF
15 Levi Stoudt – SP *
If you look at the Reds prospect rankings on any other outlet it will probably be different and that is a fantastic thing if you are a Reds fan. The number of possible combinations you can make out of the 30 best Reds prospect list shows you how deep their farm system now is. This was truly a franchise changing MLB Trade Deadline for the Cincinnati Reds and that is why they should be looked at as a major winner from this past week.