I think I actually have a list ready now.... 1-6 came easy. After that I really started to have to think and debate with myself.
1. Homer Bailey- has the potential to be the highest ceiling player the Reds currently have. Fastball that sits in the mid 90's and can get to 98. Needs work with his curve and change though. Could be the first Reds player to crack the top 10 of Baseball Americas Top Prospects list at the end of the year since 1991 (Reggie Sanders).
2. Jay Bruce - Just go ahead and read what OBM said, he summed it up very well.
3. Joey Votto - 22 year old first baseman who is dominating AA.
4. Travis Wood - The next three players are all neck and neck, but Wood goes #4 due to his age and the arm he throws with. He has good peripheral numbers, k/9, h/9 and his HR problems have been a footnote lately with just 2 allowed since June began.
5. Johnny Cueto - He was a little older than Wood and didnt out perform him to much while they were both at Dayton, so I had to put him a notch lower. Cuetos size is also a little bit worrisome. Fact is though, he has good stuff and he gets guys out.
6. Zach Ward - He is dominating the MWL top to bottom. He is striking guys out, not allowing hits and has allowed just 2 HR's all year. He is a little old for the league and for the life of me I cant figure out why he is still in Dayton.
Here is where the list kind of dropped off as far as performance and I had to start looking at performance and ceilings.
7. Javon Moran - He doesnt take a walk, but the guy hits, hits, hits and then hits some more. Since coming over with Elizardo Ramirez in the Cory Lidle trade, he has hit over .330 for the Reds farm system. He plays good defense as well, but has no power and his on base percentage is completely batting average driven.
8. Rafael Gonzalez - He is young, and arguably has some of the best stuff in the system. He has been very inconsistant up to this point though, and for how good his stuff is, he hasnt shown the ability to strike guys out like you would like. His ceiling however is quite high, question is if he can ever reach it.
9. Phil Dumatrait - He has performed well this season between Chattanooga and Louisville with the exception of 3 starts. His future is probably as a bullpen guy, but he has good stuff and is at the higher rungs in the minors.
10. Drew Stubbs - His defense is the best we have in the system. He is also a very good athlete with a very high ceiling. He is struggling to hit though in the Pioneer League which has me worried, but its still early in the season.
Honorable mention players: Sean Watson, Tyler Pelland, BJ Szymanski, Adam Rosales, William Bergolla*, Miguel Perez*, Chris Denorfia*,The Chattanooga Bullpen. Outside of Watson and Stubbs, the 2006 draft is still a little too early to get much from.
*note: anyone with MLB service time was left off my list. Denorfia would have probably fallen between 5 and 8. Bergolla and Perez both have very little service time, but werent really guys I saw in the top 10 if they were eligible*