Originally Posted by edabbs44
Cincy doesn't have much in the way of proven high level talent. That will severly hurt them in these types of rankings for 2009.
J.J. Cooper of Baseball America seems to be pretty high on the Reds system. He noted that they have very good depth and pointed out that nobody produces a Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto, and Joey Votto every year. Naturally the Reds system is going to drop off some after graduating three talents like that (plus another top 10 prospect in Homer Bailey).
There's a chance the Reds could receive some help from Alonso, Frazier, Thompson, and maybe Stubbs by late 2009, early 2010. And don't forget Homer Bailey. He's no longer considered a prospect due to him losing his rookie status but there's still a chance he could put things together.