Re: Reds farm system overall
It's been a bumpy season so far for the farm. Too many guys struggling, very few enjoying any kind of breakthrough. I doubt the Reds are happy with the way this season is going, and I suspect they'll be cutting bait on a number of kids as the season progresses.
The good news:
Stephenson and Winker. Maybe Carlos Contreras too. He's pitching well in the Cali League. That merits at least a little bit of excitement. Felix Perez looks like he might be a useful bench OF in the majors. Yorman Rodriguez is showing flashes. Tucker Barnhart looks like he indeed may have enough bat to stick in the bigs as a backup catcher.
The bad news:
Corcino has been a complete flop. At this point I'd just declare him injured so I could send him to a shrink, or a shaman or an exorcist. Hamilton's still trying to adjust to AAA. Hopefully he emerges stronger from the experience, but his star has dimmed a bit. Ryan LaMarre is officially not a prospect. Almost every bat in Bakersfield has tanked. Jeff Gelalich is showing no power. Tanner Rahier is looking pretty terrible. Nick Travieso is just sort of meh so far (small sample, so hopefully that improves).
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.