Originally Posted by Benihana
I'm curious as to why you think Roenicke would be rated higher than Calvin Medlock right now. I think you could even make an argument for Carlos Guevara possibly ahead of Roenicke as well.
IMO he is either the 2nd or 3rd best relief prospect in the Reds system right now. That does not translate to a top 10 prospect.
Don't get me wrong, I like Roenicke, and I agree that one day he will probably pitch in GAB, but let's not get carried away.
I do like Roenicke better than the other relief prospects. Roenicke is 6'3", much more of a classic hard throwers' size than Medlock and Guevera. Roenicke got a later start because, I think, he was a four year college player, but moved up very quickly and so far has a high K rate in AA. I think he is the Reds' top bullpen prospect in terms of ceiling and he is quite close to AAA and then the majors. He is a potential closer; my understanding is that the others are good prospects too, but more likely setup men.
Most folks won't agree, but after Bailey, Bruce, Votto and Cueto, I don't see any prospects better than Roenicke. He has the upside, is healthy, and is moving up the ladder quickly. I think he has a better chance to be a successful major leaguer than more highly touted players who are still in A ball. He may not make the top ten lists, but he's high on mine.
I also like Asadoorian, the converted position player, who also seems like a hard thrower who just needs polish. In his first full year of pitching he seems like a high strikeout guy. He is older, but I believe the Reds really see something in this guy and he has a chance at the major leagues. (I picked Coutlangus as my "most likely to succeed" guy this year -- these converted position players can come from nowhere and be real good.)
As for Dorn, someone pointed out that he hits righties much better than lefties, but he skipped a level this year and has done very well considering this. I think he is potentially a useful player, perhaps in a platoon situation.