Originally Posted by RedlegJake
Stephenson is still younger and developing. He has all the talent of Martinez if he can stay healthy. Position wise the Cards system right now is poised where the Reds were a couple years before the influx of promotions and trades came. They'll be pushing vets ouf the door soon. Taveras is impressive but Bruce was no less so and has certainly turned out to be solid but not the next great superstar. I'll give the guy props when he completes a couple ML seasons with great numbers. Other than Hamilton abd Winker who is years away the Reds are position poor for star potential. I hope the deep pool of arm talent pans out because that is the Reds hope until a new classcan get going hopefully with a couple high ceiling hitters in it.
For the record, Stephenson is actually a higher rated prospect than Martinez on Fangraphs, though not by much.
But in terms of comparing the two systems, right now, the Cards' is much better than the Reds for one reason. Oscar Taveras. The Reds just don't have anyone in his class of prospect right now, and for me having that big potential All-Star trumps all else.