Several Reds prospects need to be pushed up a level -- if not immediately, pretty soon.
I'll skip AAA because I'm not discussing bringing guys to the major leagues. The only real candidates right now are pitchers and I assume that the Reds will make moves when they get sick and tired of some of the current bullpen performances.
At AA, Medlock needs to be moved to AAA. He had one bad outing early, but now he is lights out, spent a lot of time at AA last year. Don't see what he is accomplishing at AA.
At High A, there are two obvious guys. Carlos Fisher should be at AA right now. Older prospect for A ball, dominating the league, needs to be pushed. And, of course, Jay Bruce who needs to be moved quickly through the organization because he is a true hitter and should be a Red as early as mid-next season.
At A ball, Valaika clearly moves to be moved up, as soon as possible. If his fielding needs work, that can be handled at High A ball. I would think this guy could hit at AA right now with no problem so, offensively, is probably two levels too low.
Less clear is Drew Stubbs, but he seems to be hitting better -- perhaps more like he did at Texas -- and if he keeps it up for a couple of months in low A, given his college player age, I would give him a crack at High A this season.
Perhaps the Reds want to wait until they draft some replacements in June, but these guys all could be Reds in the next couple of years if they are pushed a bit.