Re: Your Reds top 10 Prospects....
1. Homer Bailey, rhp - His recent domination in Chattanooga forced me to put him ahead of Jay Bruce at No. 1.
2. Jay Bruce, of - Bruce is displaying incredible power for a 19 year old kid, very rarely do you see such a young kid hitting for as much power as Jay Bruce is. Bruce is also starting to display plate discipline by putting up a 8 bb/8 k rate in 36 atbats in July. I'd say he is living up to those Larry Walker comparisons. So far.
3. Joey Votto, 1b - Votto is having one of the best seasons in the minors for a hitter. Leading his league in all three triple crown categories, hit third in the Futures and Southern League ASG, etc. Joey's raw power is finally developing and add in his solid plate discipline and you have a future star on your hands.
4. Chris Denorfia, cf - Denorfia won't wow you with his tools, but he gets the job done. Solid plate discipline, good speed, and good bat on the ball skills make Denorfia a candidate to be a leadoff type hitter in the majors. Maybe a Brady Clark?
5. Johnny Cueto, rhp - Fastball that tops out in the mid 90's along with three other usable pitches make Cueto the second best pitching prospect in the Reds organization, IMO. Was rushed to Sarasota where he has struggled with command, but still, his last start was encouraging.
6. Travis Wood, lhp - It came down to Wood or Zach Ward for the 6th spot, factor in Wood being a lefty plus his younger age and Wood gets the advantage. A lefty with good velocity, a plus-plus changeup and a deleoping curveball makes Wood an enticing prospect.
7. Zach Ward, rhp - A sinker baller/power pitcher with a good pitcher's frame, Ward is a guy I really like. His pitch repertoire and stuff should make him a great fit for the Great American Ballpark. His size will remind you of Brad Penny, delivery of Darryl Kile, and hopefully similar major league careers.
8. Drew Stubbs, cf - Meh, I hate placing players in the top 10 based on potential along, but I couldn't really think of a better pick to slot here. Stubbs could go either way(Eric Davis maybe? or Szymanski on the downside) but I would be more than happy with a Mike Cameron type of career.
9. David Shafer, rhp - Shafer is a guy I think could help the Reds bullpen as in the very near future. He projects as a solid middle reliever in the majors, maybe a setup man.
10. Phil Dumatrait, lhp - Another guy I project as a solid reliever out of the bullpen, maybe as soon as the rosters expand in September. Dumatrait barely cracked my top 10 over LeCure, Pelland, Guevara, Medlock, Parker, and Watson, but the fact that he is in Triple-A won me over.
I miss Adam Dunn.
Last edited by OnBaseMachine; 07-11-2006 at 05:39 PM.