Re: Where does REDS farm system rank in overall talent in MLB? / Your Top 10 list?
If Chapman counts as a prospect, Cincinnati could claim a spot in the Top Five, but it depends on how you see Mesoraco, Grandal, and Alonso. If all three would make your top 100, the Reds have to be Top Five. (Chapman is a lock, and Hamilton should be.)
If only one or two of those guys are in your personal Top 100, the Reds likely make the Top Ten, if only because of both depth and lower level talent. Few other organizations (he Royals, Tampa Bay, perhaps Boston) can claim replacement level major league talent at pretty much all positions across the board. In Frazier, Alonso, Sappelt, Francisco, Dorn, Cozart, Valaika, Mesoraco, Maloney, and LeCure, Cincinnati can.
(That in itself is often overlooked by prospect mavens when addressing a team's talent level. It shouldn't be. This is one reason Cincy made the playoffs last season.)
The depth behind the AAA team is poor until you hit the lower rungs. This would impact my vote a bit, though I'd also be smart enough (hopefully) to see that many of the young guys who would normally toil away at Dayton or High A have already moved up-- in some cases, twice (re: Sappelt, Mesoraco, Joseph, Hotchkiss). Others (like Thompson, Buck, and Lotzkar) may move up quickly, provided they're healthy and ready.
I'd rank Tampa and Kansas City at the top, with Atlanta just below. The Reds could be mentioned in that next group, along with Seattle and Texas. Rounding out my personal Top 10 would be Boston, New York (AL), Baltimore, and either Oakland or Colorado.
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