1. Continued development of Aaron Harang and Brandon Claussen into solid major league pitchers.
2. Ryan Wagner and Todd Coffey developing into quality relievers.
3. Austin Kearns returning to that form that made him one of the top hitters in baseball in late 2002 and the first two months of 2003. Hoping for an OPS in the .900 area.
4. Near or over 1.000 OPS for Adam Dunn, third consecutive season with 100 runs/walks/runs batted in and 40+ homerun season.
5. Another .800+ OPS season from Felipe Lopez.
6. .865 OPS and 35 homeruns from Wily Mo Pena.
7. Above average first full season from Edwin Encarnacion along the lines of .275/.340/.465
8. 145 games played by Ken Griffey Jr.
1. We need for Homer Bailey to put it together this year and dominate high class A, and maybe earn a promotion late in the season to Chattanooga.
2. Tyler Pelland needs to repeat at Sarasota and improve his command. The stuff is there, he needs to harness it and put together a big year at Sarasota.
3. Travis Wood and Jay Bruce need to have big years at Dayton. Looking for Wood to post good periphals(h/9, bb/9, k/9, whip) and stay healthy. I really, really like Jay Bruce and think he will be a special player someday. I'm hoping he will put up similar numbers to what Dunn and Kearns did in their stint at Dayton.
4. The return of former prized prospects Richie Gardner and Thomas Pauly. We really need these two guys to bounce back to what they were before suffering shoulder injuries. Both pitchers were considered to have a bright future in the majors as #2 type starters. I'm hoping at least one of the two can bounce back and put himself in position to help the Reds sometime in late 2007.
5. Have a great first draft under Wayne Krivsky. This draft is loaded with stud college pitchers, and this will be an opportunity for the Reds to grab a pitcher like an Ian Kennedy or Daniel Bard... someone with great stuff who could move fast through the system.