I can already see the faces of the Reds haters who laughed at me when I said it was time to start respecting the rejuvenated Cincinnati Reds. They probably look a little something like this after the Reds finished the “first-half” strong and their top prospects put on a show in the Futures Game to kick off All-Star Week in Washington, D.C.
The facts are facts, and the Reds are 43-53 at the All-Star Break. I know it seems silly to get pumped over being 10-games under .500 but when your home ball club has played the way they’ve played over the last few months and you see what’s in the pipeline in the minor leagues, you can’t help but get a little giddy. The Reds are playing playoff level baseball right now and that’s without a well established starting rotation.
Oh yeah, and the Reds have an 18-year-old that can hit 102-mph on the gun and he’s such a good hitter they weren’t sure if he was going to be a pitcher or hitter at the professional level. If you’ve been living in a hole for the last year and a half, here’s Hunter Greene:
Straight gas. That’s gonna look pretty to start the first game of the 2020 World Series when the Reds are defending their 2019 title, trying to win back-to-back rings for the first time in Cincinnati since the Big Red Machine.
Did I mention the Reds had the Futures Game MVP? Taylor Trammell is a 20-year-old outfielder who could be ready for the big leagues in a few years. If (I’ll admit, that’s a big IF) the Reds still have Billy Hamilton on the roster when Trammell is ready for a call-up, they might be able to run a two-man outfield. Fangraphs ranks Taylor Trammell’s speed as 70/70, but it was his bat that earned him the MVP honors. Speed that can hit? Sign me up.
I never thought a Futures Game would get me even more excited for the Reds’ future than I already was, but it happened. I know prospects are exactly that and you can’t count your chickens before they hatch, but if just one of these two guys continue their trajectory, they’re game changers and will Make Cincinnati Baseball Fun Again. If both of them pan out, then we’ll look back on July 15, 2018 as the day they warned the world that they were coming, and July 16, 2018 as the day I warned anyone who wasn’t locked into MLB Network on a random Sunday afternoon. Be better with your scheduling, MLB. There’s no reason this display of future Reds dominance shouldn’t have been on prime time while there were no other games going on. But I’ll save that rant for Whitty to use in one of his soccer blogs.Follow @BennyMacBlog