Re: under the radar prospects
Without seeing him pitch, I think Josh Roenicke is clearly one of the Reds' top ten prospects right now, and considering that he's a reliever he is all the more valuable. He's the one guy in the chain who I can see being a major league closer in the next couple of years. I hear he is mainly a fastball guy with limited secondary pitches, but it looks like he "misses bats." He's moved fast, is doing well at AA, and I expect him to be a Red.
Pre-season I posted that Tatum would be improved. His progress was definitely slowed by injuries. Still question if he has the bat to be a starter in the major leagues, but he looks like he could be at least a solid backup. Having a fine year.
Another guy is Ruben Medina at Sarasota. Has a 1.8 ERA and is 4-2. Not a big guy but is only 21 pitching well at High A ball.
Finally, Justin Turner has exceeded expectations at Dayton and I would hope he gets moved up soon. With Valaika stalling a bit at High A so far, wonder if Turner will turn out to be an equal or better prospect in the long run.