The Cincinnati Reds won fewer than 70 games for the second year in a row, bringing up the rear of the NL Central as the organization continued its rebuilding effort. In the last two years, the Reds have traded most of the core players who helped the team make three playoff appearances in the first four years of this decade, and in return they received a few under-25 assets who will be counted on to get the club back to the postseason.
Acquired in the 2015 trade that sent Johnny Cueto to the Royals, Brandon Finnegan has delivered early returns, providing some stability to a rotation that was lacking it this year outside of Anthony DeSclafani. Jose Peraza has also performed well since he was acquired in the Todd Frazier deal last offseason, offering multi-positional value as the team continues plugging holes.
On the farm, things look much brighter than they did before this summer. The Reds used the second overall pick this June on Nick Senzel, the industry-consensus most polished hitter available in this year’s draft class. The club used its next selection on Taylor Trammell, who’s perhaps the system’s best overall athlete. The organization also made a splash on the international market in the months after the draft, handing out hefty bonuses to two quality Cuban prospects.