Ah the minors, the last refuge for the optimist, or in the case of the Reds, the sucker. As your nice summary reveals, Encarnacion is the only real impact player on the horizon and he still needs to develop his gap power though I believe he will. I noted the other day how well he is doing for his age given, overcoming the Reds aggressiveness with him. Anyway, with the 25 man roster razed, the prospects give little hope for the future or reveal a rebuilding plan. Not until they sink some money into the draft and development.
We've discussed Jeese G before. Reports this season suggest he is even worse than was led to believe behind the plate. I think that is why he is playing strictly at 1B. They have decided, like Votto, that he does not have the skill to catch at the ML level and at his age, it is doubtful he can improve to such levels. True, he is a mediocre 1B prospect, but sadly, the best on the farm at this instant.
Valdez does not throw hard either but he is less apt to walk batters than his main competition. Gruler I believe is on track to be ready for opening day. Most of limited 02 draft money went into his arm and the rest into overdrafts so lets hope for the best.
Dickerson had to be a Bowden selection. All tools and no production in college and that has not changed. A Dayton OF of Harris, Himes, Lewis and Dixon would be far more exciting than Dickerson, Belcher, Lewis and Himes.