Probably nowhere to go but down, but I don't know that I can think of a time in my 40 years of following this franchise that I remember a core of prospects at AAA with this collective kind of slash lines:
Yondor Alonso LF/1b:
.323/.381/.509 for an .890 OPS
Devin Mesaraco C:
.330/.415/.553 for an .968 OPS
Juan Francisco 3b:
.319/.342/.491 for an .833 OPS
Todd Frazier 3b/OF:
.284/.365/.515 for an .880 OPS
Zack Cozart SS:
.315/.353/.500 for an .853 OPS
The organization clearly doesn't view Dorn as a prospect, but he is at .874 OPS and Hermida, no prospect, is at a .958 OPS.
And Sappelt before getting hurt was at .341/.417/.588 in 85 at-bats.
That's just completely crazy in terms of productivity.
I guess I would hate to see the Reds waste this collection of talent. I would like to see the Reds identify and advance some of these bats to Cincy, and do so soon, and those that they don't want to bring up, move for pitching help. The last thing I want to see is the Reds to hang onto the prospects so long that they end up draining them of value (the Brandon Wood corrollary if you will).
At any rate, it just seems appropriate to pause for a moment and drink in how good a collection of talent the Reds have developed and apparently made ready to not just contribute in the major leagues but make an impact.