Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
The good news is that not one of them needs to be a TOR starter or an AS type closer. If Cincinnati can find two or three BOR guys to fill out the staff and two or three middle and set-up relievers, the pitching staff is set.
Having Harang, Cueto, and especially Volquez under control for at least three more years is sure nice to see.
To me, Alonso, Frazier, Roenicke and Valaika are the four mostly likely guys in the system to be good major leaguers. Any of them could fail, and I'm not saying they are all stars, but I think those four seem to have the goods.
The next batch are guys with good upside who are progressing but are perhaps not quite the sure shots. To me, this group is Thompson, Wood, Stubbs, Francisco, Watson, Maloney. Thompson might go in the first category.
Then you have the kids with high upsides but little track record. Mesoraco, Lotzkar, Stewart, Soto (is he still playing?)
Then you have the guys who seem slightly more like longshots but who are doing real well in the minors. You can put most of the Chatanooga team in this category, Jukish, Strait, Gutierrez, Cumberland, Henry, Turner, Smith, Geronimo (still at Sarasota).
I guess a good mixture of different positions at the different levels.