Pitching is much better, absolutely. Postion players: I like Barnhart and Hamilton as prospects. Some others could emerge.
One thing about prospects that I would maybe see differently: There is nowhere near the consensus on prospects, coaches, managers, rovers, etc. as what is portrayed through media outlets. Once Baseball America jumps on something, and I do respect J.J. Cooper very much, the others all follow the leader. The consensus on prospects becomes almost universal among those people.
Scouts and baseball people couldn't care less what Baseball America says and they are far less in agreement on prospects than you would ever think. So while it might seem universally accepted because it is out there so much that, for example, Yorman, is a top 10 prospect in the organization, but for many scouts, they have their own opinion and they might not see that at all.
We need to see more of Yorman. He could take off in the second half and start showng something at the plate. For now, he is just a bad player with tools who got a lot of money.
I agree 100% re: the sway BA holds over the fans' perceptions of prospects. Re: Yorman, I have a hard time believing he has been vastly overvalued as a prospect. Tony Arias has been a very good scout for the Reds, and I have to think Yorman had strong backing from Arias, opening the door for him to get that giant bonus. Yorman had some stellar numbers in Billings last summer, too. I could well be wrong, but you may be coming down a little too hard on him as a player. You were pretty tough on Mesoraco, too.