My current top five for 2009, not projections, but just how they're doing this year:
1. Zach Stewart
2. Travis Wood
3. Logan Ondrusek
4. Luis Machuca
5. Enerio Del Rosario
Stewart, Wood, Smith, Fairel, Horst
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Not including Leake...
Stewart (though it will be a while till he can log a starter's workload)
Wood (completely unconscious this year -- he needs a promotion)
Sulbaran (interesting development test case for the Reds -- the stuff and head to compete are definitely there)
Maloney (I put stock in excellent AAA performance, and he looked pretty good in his starts for the Reds)
Lecure (flashing well now in AAA, still 25)
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
Leake (he'll be signed)
Lotzkar (numbers were exceptional for his age/level, plenty of time to come back from injury)
The rest won't amount to much, IMO.
Last edited by Screwball; 07-21-2009 at 11:41 AM.
I'm not sure why Fairel is not getting more recognition.
I like Stewart, but his K numbers (less than one per IP) keep me from rating him as high as everyone else.
5. Josh Ravin