Re: Which ten prospects would you want
The main problem with the 2004 group is the huge drop-off after Votto. Prospects flame out all the time; the Red system is a study in flame-outs. Claussen never developed as expected. Neither did Wagner. Moseley, Pelland, Gruler, and Howington all suffered major injuries that assisted in derailing promising beginnings.
Still, I'd take a group that has Votto and EdE in it over the possible depth this season. Votto appears to be a stud and Encarnacion still has a good chance to be one as well. Both could OPS 900 in 2009 and that doesn't happen all that often in Redland.
Of the 11-20 2008 list, only Dickerson and Sulbaran have top-end talent. More of the 08 squad would likely be in the majors, but none of them look like solid, above average starters.
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