At the halfway point in the season, let's take a look at how the system currently stacks up. Keep in mind this only looks at prospects currently in the minor leagues (thus, Homer Bailey is not eligible.)
1. Daryl Thompson RHP, 22, AAA
2. Todd Frazier 3B/LF, 22, A+
2a. Yonder Alonso, 1B, 21 unsigned (this is where he'd rank if/when he signs.)
3. Chris Valaika 2B/SS, 22, AA
4. Neftali Soto 3B 19, A
5. Kyle Lotzkar RHP, 19, A
6. Travis Wood LHP, 21, AA
7. Drew Stubbs CF, 23, AA
8. Devin Mesoraco C, 20, A
9. Juan Francisco 3B/1B/RF, 21 A+
10. Josh Roenicke RHP, 25, AAA
11. Matt Maloney LHP, 24, AAA
12. Zach Stewart RHP 21, A
13. Shaun Cumberland OF 23, AAA
14. Robert Manuel RHP 25, AA
15. Justin Turner 2B 23, AA
16. Sean Henry OF, 22, AA
17. Brandon Waring 3B/1B 22, A
18. Sam LeCure RHP 24, AA (welcome back)
19. Ben Jukich LHP, 25 AA
20. Danny Dorn OF, 23, AA
ON THE RADAR
21. Tyler Pelland LHP 24, AAA
22. Danny Ray Herrera RHP 24, AAA
23. Jordan Smith RHP 23, A+
24. Zach Cozart SS, 22, A
25. Justin Reed CF, 20, A
DROPPED OFF THE RADAR
KEEP AN EYE ON (too early to rank)
Juan Duran OF
Clayton Shunick RHP
Evan Hildenbrant RHP
Alex Buchholz 2B/SS
Alex Oliveras OF
As always, a GRADE A ranking usually corresponds with being a Top 50 prospect in all of baseball. A GRADE B ranking would garner consideration for being a Top 100 prospect in the game, and is reserved for players who have the upside to work their way into a Grade A ranking. GRADE C players may intrigue a few teams and therefore have some trade value, but not enough to warrant being the centerpiece of any major trade.
The changes on this list are highlighted by the meteoric rises of last year's draftees Soto and Lotzkar, as well as Zach Stewart from this year's draft. Soto and Lotzkar are two bright spots on the Dayton roster that make the drive up I-75 worth making again. Stewart has been on fire in his professional debut, and is poised to be a very fast riser through the system. I wouldn't be surprised to see him start next season at Chattanooga, and if his success continues I wouldn't be shocked if he doesn't finish 2009 in Cincinnati. Meanwhile, Lotzkar and Soto could easily find themselves at the top of this list by season's end at the rates which they're currently going. Both have big time potential. Stubbs remains in the B class with his recent promotion and dazzling debut in Chattanooga, but I'd like to see him sustain his hot start for the remainder of the season. Next year will most certainly be Stubbs' make or break season, so I'm glad to see him wet his feet in Chattanooga this year. Travis Wood has struggled his last couple outings in Chattanooga, but should remain in the rotation there indefinitely, as he's already proven his mastery over Sarasota. Assuming he signs, it will be interesting to watch Alonso and Frazier challenge each other through the system. Both of them should have comparable major league ETAs, and with Joey Votto occupying either 1B or LF, there might only be room for one of them in the Reds' long term plans.
Josh Roenicke should be with the Reds immediately.
Danny Dorn and Sean Henry should be bumped up to Louisville soon, but they may have to wait until a spot opens on the big club for Dickerson.
Robert Manuel should close games for Louisville as soon as Roenicke gets called up to the Show.
Ben Jukich and Sam LeCure should also be promoted to the Louisville rotation as soon as possible.
Zach Stewart looks like he could easily be the best bullpen arm in Sarasota right now.
LATE SUMMER CALLUPS
If he continues to mash and can find a position he can call home, Todd Frazier might get a taste of Chattanooga by the end of the summer.
If he doesn't get a spot start or two sooner, Matt Maloney will almost certainly get a big league tryout come September.
Tyler Pelland and Danny Ray Herrera should also get big league bullpen additions in September.
Adam Rosales looks to be a September callup, provided he doesn't relapse into his early season funk.