Hot off the presses. As always, feel free to have at 'em.
GRADE A Top 25 Prospect and All-Star Potential
1a. Billy Hamilton CF AAA - With Ervin in the system, the pressure is on Billy to wake up (which he's starting to do).
1b. Robert Stephenson RHP A - Probably a top 5 pitching prospect in the game at this point.
GRADE B Top 100 Prospect and Major League Starter
3. Tony Cingrani LHP A+ - He may lose rookie (and prospect) eligibility soon
4. Jesse Winker OF A - Now has some competition for a future spot in the Reds OF
5. Phillip Ervin OF A - Would like to see him start at Dayton alongside Winker
GRADE C Some Trade Value and Should Make the Majors at some point
6. Nick Travieso RHP A - Not a great debut in Dayton. Curious to see how he does there the rest of the year.
7. Michael Lorenzen RHP A - Will he stay a reliever or is he going to be the latest to convert?
8. Dan Corcino RHP AAA - Stock is plummeting. Needs to be demoted or DL'd
9. Chad Rogers RHP AA - Should get a shot in AAA soon, maybe taking Corcino's place
10. Carlos Contreras RHP A+ - His transition to starter has been great so far
ON THE RADAR (Honorable Mention)
Tucker Barnhart C AA - will make the majors, question is if he'll hit enough to start
Tanner Rahier 3B A - the glove and the pop are there, needs to get on base more
Drew Cisco RHP A - most polish of the three amigos listed below
Sal Romano RHP A - the youngest of the three
Ismael Guillon LHP A - has started to turn the corner after a very wild start
KEEP AN EYE ON (Rookie leaguers too early to tell)
Jonathan Reynoso CF
Kevin Franklin 3B
Cory Thompson SS
Mark Armstrong RHP
Amir Garrett LHP
Jacob Clemente LHP
Biggest weakness in the system remains middle infield, I'm hoping the Reds go hard after the international FA market, which is frequently the best place to find those types. Most depth is probably CF, where the Reds have Hamilton, Ervin and Reynoso all in the pipeline. Will be interesting to see how the rookie leaguers perform once that season gets started in a couple weeks.