Re: Who are the top pitching prospects in the Reds minor leagues?
I hesitate on guillon for the moment.
prior to last season, Guillon was my pick for "Reds prospect about to "blow up"" believing that he'd skyrocket into the top 50ish (nationally) in the prospect rankings by seasons end following his solid debut the year prior. Well not so much last year, he really struggled in Billings at the start of the year. There were whispers about attitude issues, he had trouble throwing strikes and he wasn't doing anything to convince anyone he was a top 50 Reds prospect, let along a top 50 in all of baseball. Then the last chunk of the season he started putting things together. He's done well this year, so I'm holding out hope, but once burned, you're more cautious to annoint him the 2nd time around.
With that said, if the Reds could get 2 of those guys you list as top flight prospects to turn into middle of the rotation or better starters, plus another into a solid reliver in the next 3-4 seasons it would do wonders for payroll flex in the face of votto's contract and payroll limitations. The more solid players that come thru the system, the more money they have to offer their own veterans or to give out to Free agents or trade acquisitions.