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    Baseball America debuts Reds Top 10

    Well today's the day we've all been waiting for boys and girls - Baseball America will spend the afternoon chatting about the merits of the Reds minor league system.

    Without breaking the "pay" content rule - here is the top 10 with a quick synopsis of what was written by the BA staff.


    1. Homer Bailey
    Good - Best stuff in the minors. Fastball's late life makes it seem like it has an extra gear. Has two curveballs 12-6 & 11-5 versions both excellent pitches. Changeup is improved.
    Bad - Most negative comments are just nitpicking. Needs to work on command and (I didn't make this up) work on being a hitter.
    2. Jay Bruce
    Good - One of the best hitters in the minors. Slightly above average speed. He's a "Gamer"
    Bad - Needs to work on plate discipline.
    3. Joey Votto
    Good - Has power to all fields. Average Speed. Has a discerning batting eye.
    Bad - Still raw at first base. Struggles against Southpaws at the plate.
    4. Johnny Cueto
    Good - Easy 3/4 delivery w/ fastball that can touch 96. Soto taught him a changeup that is now a major league average pitch. Also has a nasty slider.
    Bad - Size doesn't bode well for future. Likes to challenge up in the zone which he'll get punished for at higher levels.
    5. Drew Stubbs
    Good - Dale Murphy-esq. Huge power, excellent speed & Gold Glove defense. Average arm
    Bad - Can't really hit. Long Swing. Struggles to make contact & smart pitchers in rookie ball took advantage of him.
    6. Travis Wood
    Good - Probably has best changeup in the minors. Fastball went from 93-94 in HS to 87-91 in minors.
    Bad - Needs to add strength, get his velocity back. Struggles with his curve.
    7. Sean Watson
    Good - Has a plus fastball that can top 95 & a plus knuckle curve in the 85mph range.
    Bad - Can't locate fastball. No change up & slider is below average.
    8. Milton Loo
    Good - Five tool potential. Hits for average and has potential for power. Plus speed with strong arm.
    Bad - Can't stay healthy. Hasn't shown he can drive the ball w/ wood yet.
    9. Paul Janish
    Good - Major league defensive SS w/ excellent footwork & positioning. Is learning to use entire field as a hitter. He's a "leader".
    Bad - No real power. Contact only hitter. Bottom of the order type of player.
    10. Chris Valaika
    Good - Spray hitter. Bobby Crosby-esq. Gap power & strong arm.
    Bad - Slow with limited range at SS. A future 2B. With Loo at SS at Dayton in 07, will probably skip ahead to Sarasota.

    I'll do this just like I have in previous years. If any non BA subscribers want to get some questions in - post them here and I'll send them along. No guarantees - as it's totally random whether or not they get answered or not.

    Chat starts at 3pm EST.
    Last edited by jmcclain19; 01-29-2007 at 02:35 AM.

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