Re: Top prospects
A Quick Run-Down:
Jay Bruce-- OF (18)
Top power potential and production from 2005 draftee in low A. Reds fans love his pop and five-tool ability, but worry about his abaility to take a walk and his K's.
Adam Rosales-- SS
Rosales had the best year of anyone offensively among the 2005 draftees. This season, he's struggled with an injury, but his talent is intriguing. Playing in High A.
Joey Votto-- 1B
Votto opened eyes and hopes in 2004, but took a giant step backward last season. The hopes of most on this board are that he plays well in AA, but his prospect status has understandably slipped.
Miguel Perez-- C
Think Jim Sundberg. Subtract 30 points from the SLG %. Yes, he's that good defensively. Yes, he's that bad offensively.
Chris Denorfia-- OF
AAA/ MLB tweener at this point. He's Brady Clark with a bit more pop and a bit less speed. Good, valuable player to own, but, with an already crowded OF, his impact in Cincinnati may be best through trade.
Other interesting names:
Paul Janish (Hitting this year. For the first time. Ever. Good D at SS.)
BJ Szymanski (Struggled mightily early, but has busted out of slump in low A. Very old for league.)
Cody Strait (Speed and some pop, but old for league.)
Homer Baily-- SP (19)
Young, talented and not yet dominating. Two no-hit performances sanwich a start in which he struggled. Nice to see some improvement. Most are waiting for the inevitable arm injury, as it happens to all Reds pitching prospects, seemingly.
Travis Wood-- low A (19)
Best year of any pitcher from 2005 draft class. Regressed a bit this year, but pitching fairly well so far. Needs a couple dominating starts before being mentioned with Bailey.
Others to watch:
Johnny Cueto (Solid year so far. Supposedly great stuff.)
Others I've missed?