Partially because I've been so negative on prospects recently, and partially due to the fact that it is just about time, I thought this off day would be as good as any to post the May edition of Benihana's Top Prospect Report. And because Heisey has been promoted to the Reds, Francisco is back in AAA (and injured), and Alonso has now been promoted, I will revert to the old style of making everyone in a full season league under the age of 26 available for ranking. Of course the big story this month is the resurgence of Devin Mesoraco. As always, feel free to provide feedback.
1. Aroldis Chapman LHP AAA- Would like to see him continue to refine his stuff in Louisville until the ASB at least.
2a. Todd Frazier 3B/LF AAA- would like to see him continue to get 3B/LF reps and not play 1B.
2b. Juan Francisco 3B/LF AAA- 4 weeks on the DL won't help, but he was just starting to regain his stroke.
2c. Travis Wood LHP AAA- coming back to Earth after a career season. Still best bet for an arm in the system after Chapman.
5. Yonder Alonso 1B/LF AAA- would like to see him continue to get reps in LF. Hopefully he hits better in Louisville than he did in Carolina.
6. Devin Mesoraco C A+- may be atop this grade if he continues to hit like this in AA.
7. Brad Boxberger RHP A+- best pitcher in the lower minors.
8. Zach Cozart SS AAA- Unlike Valaika, I think his glove could earn him a starting job in the majors.
9. Neftali Soto C/3B A+- Still my pick for helium watch. Could be the next Geovany Soto/Russell Martin.
10. Donnie Joseph LHP A- Best prospect in Dayton. Could finish the year in Carolina, and be in Cincy by early 2011.
11. Chris Valaika 2B AAA- Nice start to the year after a mediocre campaign last season. Still not much higher because he doesn't project to more than a utility player at the next level.
OTHERS TO WATCH
12. Daryl Thompson RHP AA
13. Matt Klinker RHP AA
14. Henry Rodriguez 2B A
15. D.D. Gregorious SS A
16. Juan Carlos Sulbaran RHP A
17. Matt Fairel LHP A+
18. Josh Fellhauer OF A+
19. Miguel Rojas SS A+
20. Phil Valiquette LHP A+
KEEP AN EYE ON (too early to tell)
Yorman Rodriguez CF
Juan Duran OF
Juan Silva OF
Billy Hamilton SS/2B/CF
Junior Arias SS/2B/CF
Humberto Valor SS
PROMOTIONS ON THE HORIZON
LHP Matt Maloney to REDS
RHP Matt Klinker to AAA
RHP Daryl Thompson to AAA
RHP Brad Boxberger to AA
LHP Matt Fairel to AA
C Devin Mesoraco to AA
C Kevin Coddington to A+
LHP Donnie Joseph to A+