Re: Reds Top Prospects - 2012/2013 Offseason Edition
Thanks for the great write up. The farm seems setup very, very well to fill future team needs. Assuming Hamilton pans out as the answer in CF, the only position that doesn't seem to have a medium term answer is LF. It would be great if there was an heir apparent for Ludwick. Longer term, maybe Winker. Short term, Lamarre seems like he could potentially be a late bloomer who could end up a 4th outfielder. He seems like he could be one of those gamers who succeeds when he gets his shot in the majors despite not putting up great numbers in the minors.
The strength of the franchise is clearly young pitching with the combination of young major leaguers and prospects. Particularly if Chapman succeeds as a starter and Walt can get Bailey extended. That would mean the Reds would be set at the big league level for at least three years even without Cingrani and company. If Cingrani or Corcino end up being blocked at the big league level in the coming year or two, it may make sense to flip one for a power hitting OF or 3B.
The guy I'm most interested in following this year is Travieso. If he comes out of the gates like Stephenson did last year, it would continue a pretty incredible Reds run of early pick success. With this regime, I'll almost be surprised if he doesn't make an impressive debut.