Doug's more than halfway through his top 40 over on the redsminorleagues site. I figured since we always have a thread for the BA top 10, the least we could do is have one for Doug's top 40, because he's one of our own and he defintely pays more attention to the Reds system than BA.
He's up to #16 right now.
Adam Rosales and Justin Reed haven't been listed yet, so it's probably fair to issue a helium watch on those guys.
Zach Cozart also hasn't been listed and you've got to figure he's not making the top 15 ahead Chris Valaika (#16) and Justin Turner (#18).
It doesn't look like Travis Webb is going to make the list either, which isn't shocking, but Webb struck me as a guy who took a step forward in 2007.
Three guys I'd rank higher than Doug did are Chris Dickerson (#31), Carlos Fisher (#22) and Matt Maloney (#19). I figure Dickerson will spend the next few years as a backup OF or bouncing between the majors and AAA (think a slightly better version of Dewayne Wise). You'll be able to find him in your Basball Encyclopedia and he'll have more than a cup of coffee, which no doubt will be better than a number of guys ranked ahead of him.
Fisher's my pet sleeper in the system. He's a big boy. He throws a hard sinker which induces a high GB rate. He also fans hitters with regularity, keeps his BB rate low (he's got close to 3:1 K/BB rate in the minors) and he's stingy on allowing HRs. He struggled a bit in AA, but it was a two-level jump from where he pitched in 2006. He's a late bloomer (he turns 25 next year), but he strikes me as exactly what the Reds are theoretically seeking in a pitcher. He certainly should be able to make the majors as a middle reliever if he stalls as a starter.
Maloney's a LH flyball pitcher with more moxie than stuff, but he's getting results in the high minors. Doug's knock on the guy is that got BABIP lucky when he came to the Reds and he profiles as a guy who's troubles will mount as he faces better hitters. That said, he really clamped down on the BBs in 2007 and pushed his K/BB north of 3:1. He might be an excellent trading chip if nothing else.