Have to say that I am pleased Reds did well on BA's Rookie League lists, but disappointed with Midwest list and expect further disappointment as we go up the chain. Tendency is to focus on Reds prospects, but when listed with other teams' kids you realize that Reds system is pretty good but certainly nothing special. Thought Reds had a super pitching staff at Dayton in first half, yet none of those pitchers are top twenty for the League. (Some moved up pretty early, could appear on High A or AA list.)
Don't fret. When it comes to having a farm system that's "special," you're really looking for those few "special" players, and the Reds have their share of those. A glowing review of Johnny Cueto means more than 3 lukewarn write-ups, in my opinion.
I'm also a little disappointed that we didn't see anyone else from Dayton in the top 20, but I think the kind of guy we may have hoped for -- Valaika, Turner (at least for me) -- is not the kind of player to light up these lists. Solid grinders. Chris Buckley has always liked this kind of position player, so far as I can tell, so I plan on getting used to having a system that tends more to the functional than the occasionally spectacular.