1. Yonder Alonso - he hasn't signed yet but I'm confident he will sign and when he does he'll rank as the biggest impact bat in the Reds minor league system IMO. He's got 30 homerun power and a great eye at the plate which will allow him to post high on base percentages throughout his career. I look for him to reach the majors sometime in late 2009.
2. Neftali Soto - this may come as a surprise to some but I love the potential in Soto's bat. I am a huge Todd Frazier fan but I think Soto has more potential. He's currently hitting .392/.425/.722 - 1.146 OPS between Billings and Dayton and the kid is only 19-years old. He's got power to all fields and doesn't strikeout a lot. His long wiry frame should allow him to develop huge power. IMO he's the best RH in the Reds system since Austin Kearns.
3. Todd Frazier - A couple months ago Frazier would have ranked #1 on this list after Jay Bruce graduated to the majors but with the drafting of Yonder Alonso and emergence of Neftali Soto he's now third on the list. I like his bat a lot. His solid power and good eye at the plate reminds me of Kevin Youkilis. He looks like he'll be a solid hitter for average and hit 25 homeruns while drawing plenty of walks. He could end up at 3B, 1B, or LF, it doesn't matter, his bat should play anywhere.
4. Chris Valaika - Valaika reminds me so much of Michael Young from the Rangers. Similar size, both are average shortstops, and they even went to the same college and their minor league stats are very similar. Valaika has decent power and hits for average and could be ready for the majors sometime in 2009.
5. Sean Henry - Henry is a smallish (5'10" 180) 22-year old outfielder the Reds acquired from the Mets last August for Jeff Conine. He's currently hitting .320/.394/.498 - .892 OPS with AA Chattanooga. He may never be a star but he seems to be putting it together and could develop into a fine 4th outfielder for the Reds within the next couple years, and Reds fans know we could use solid bench players.
6. Shaun Cumberland - another guy who was acquired last year as a throw in in the Jorge Cantu deal. He'll soon turn 24 and is currently hitting .291/.375/.449 - .825 OPS between Chattanooga and Louisville. Like Henry, he may never develop into a star but he could be a very good backup outfielder or even a starter. He's got a solid eye at the plate and can play all three outfield positions.
7. Drew Stubbs - I love the defense Drew Stubbs provides but this is all about the bat. I like his ability to draw a walk and steal bases but his lack of power so far is what has him so low. If he can start showing more power in Chattanooga then he'll get bumped up a few spots on this list at the end of the season.
8. Juan Duran - this is based on ability alone as Duran only has some 40 atbats or so in the Dominican Summer League. He's got the potential to jump to the top of this list in a couple of seasons with all the talent he's got. His unbelievable raw power and ability to draw a walk right now is what forced me to put him in the top ten.
9. Danny Dorn - Dorn has platoon player written all over him as he crushes right handed pitchers but struggles mightily against lefties. He's currently hitting .286/.369/.557 against RHP in AA Chattanooga. He's another guy who could reach the majors sometime in 2009 and provide the Reds with a solid bat off the bench.
10. Brandon Waring - I love the huge power Waring brings to the table but his high strikeout totals in Single-A are concerning. He's got some of the best power in the minors along with the ability to take a walk but he'll need to cut down on the strikeouts or else he'll be exposed at higher levels.
Just missing the cut: Devin Mesoraco, Alex Buchholz, Alexis Oliveras, Justin Turner, Juan Francisco, and Chris Dickerson.