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BA's Reds Top 10

Baseball America is releasing the NL first this year, meaning we get the Reds list about two months before we did last year. Here's the top 10, with a quick summary of each guy from me:

  1.      Jay Bruce, of - The best prospect in baseball -- and it's not close. Bruce does everything well and JJ Cooper sees him as a future hall of famer.
  2.     Homer Bailey, rhp - Though he struggled in the majors last year, he still projects as an ace-level talent. It may take a few years for him to adjust, as he's still pretty raw, but anyone who doubts him now is probably gonna feel pretty stupid in 2010.
  3.     Joey Votto, 1b/of - Though Votto is unlikely to be a perennial all-star, I like him as a consistent .850+ OPS guy in the majors.
  4.     Johnny Cueto, rhp - More polished than Homer and likely to make a major league appearance at some point next year. He's presently tearing up the Dominican Winter League as well.
  5.     Drew Stubbs, of - His bat really came alive the last month of last season, and his defense was already elite. If the hitting improvement is real, Stubbs is gonna need to change his name to Studds.
  6.     Devin Mesoraco, c - Didn't do much in the minors this past year, but he was battling injury and still showed off his nice tools. He's nowhere near the majors.
  7.     Todd Frazier, ss - Personally, I like Frazier more than both Stubbs and Mesoraco. He's not gonna stick at SS, but I think he'll be an impact bat at 3B. I expect we'll see him in the majors by the middle of 2009 as well.
  8.     Juan Francisco, 3b - Huge raw power, huge lack of plate discipline, huge arm, and huge amount of strikeouts. I like Adrian Beltre as a comparison for him, personally.
  9.     Josh Roenicke, rhp - He's got a fastball that runs into the high-90s and some dirty secondary stuff, and he's a converted outfielder so he hasn't been pitching long. He's a future closer, in both mine and BA's opinions.
  10.     Matt Maloney, lhp - Not as good as the numbers look following his trade to the Reds, but he should be a decent back of the rotation starter and he's close to major league ready right now.
I can't share everything said in the scouting reports or the chat, but I think I could answer any specific questions about the system that you might have, either through BA or through my own knowledge.
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