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  1. I think you mean to rank Mesoraco number 10.

    Good stuff other than that.

    Comment by Levi — December 3, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

  2. A few notes from a Reds fan:
    – Heisey played a solid CF in the minors and was moved out of CF because of Stubbs. His combination of skills is similar to Randy Winn, whether or not he realizes that level of success — an .750-.800 OPS type guy with solid speed and very good defense who will likely be undervalued.

    – Travis Wood’s change-up is plus if not plus-plus and is his best pitch. It’s been called the best change-up in the minors. He also added a cutter in 2009 which has made his fastball a bit more effective.

    – For any Reds’ prospect who spent time in A+ ball, consider the ridiculous park effects of Sarasota and the FSL generally. Adjusted for context, as they do at minorleaguesplits, Reds hitters in particular look much better — particularly in regards to power.

    – Mesoraco had a very good 2nd half of the season. Considering that catchers tend to bloom late offensively and that he played high school ball in cold weather and was in the FSL (see above), that’s a very good sign. That he was able to hit for power in Sarasota was particularly impressive. Adjusted for BABIP and context, his line was .279/.356/.452. Not bad for a 20 year old catcher who also made big defensive strides. He should be considered a big breakout candidate for 2010.

    I would also direct anybody looking for more info on Reds prospects to the excellent site maintained by Doug Gray: redsminorleagues.com

    Comment by Rick — December 3, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

  3. Travis Wood has a plus change up, average at best curveball. He added a cut fastball that is a good pitch for him as well this past year.

    Comment by Doug Gray — December 3, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

  4. Where’s Mike Leake? This guy is close to Major League ready right out of college. Had a brilliant AFL campaign. Throws four pitches, all for strikes. He isn’t a power arm but he’s deceptive with his delivery.

    Comment by Pablo — December 3, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

  5. Pablo, the note at the top indicates “2009 Draft Picks/International Signees Not Included”

    I was admittedly confused at first as well…

    Depending on who you ask, Leake is somewhere in the Reds top 3. Pitcher Brad Boxberger and SS Billy Hamilton are other 2009 draftees who could arguably be included in the Reds’ top 10.

    Comment by Rick — December 3, 2009 @ 4:45 pm

  6. Holy pile of fuck this is asked EVERY TOP 10 ARTICLE.

    EVERY TIME.

    Comment by Mastication Is Natural — December 3, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

  7. That’s the same question I was thinking…”Where’s Mike Leake?” And, Matt Maloney is on this list?

    Comment by Brent — December 3, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

  8. Maybe the line “(2009 Draft Picks/International Signees Not Included)” needs to be in bold so it isn’t as easily overlooked. It took me a minute as well to realize what was going on when I didn’t see Leake.

    Comment by dan — December 3, 2009 @ 10:24 pm

  9. What order are you going through the teams in?

    Comment by flamefox111 — December 4, 2009 @ 12:43 am

  10. All midwest-ish cities so far. Trying to get them in before the snow arrives?

    Comment by neuter_your_dogma — December 4, 2009 @ 10:45 am

  11. Todd Frazier = Mark Teahen

    Alonso should be traded for a SS or SP’er, Votto needs to stay at 1B.

    Comment by Mark — December 4, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

  12. This is a crap write up…..For one Wood no longer throws a Curve as it was not a pitch he could control. One reason for the improved control was the fact he dumped the curve, which was well below average. He now throws a solid Cutter and his plus pitch is the changeup.

    Leake would make the cut over Mesoraco as well and he would be ahead of Soto and Maloney. Francisco should also be higher, say 4th or 5th and Cozart should be somewhere around 8-10, if that.

    Not sure why they’d exclude 2009 draft picks and international signees when evaluating a systems talent pool though. Seems a bit odd. Leake and Boxberger should both be up there as well.

    Comment by bookem_danno — December 5, 2009 @ 10:47 am

  13. As I have explained, this is a company tool. It’s not a miracle machine. It could easily turn into another expense unless you put the persistence into learning how to exploit it.

    Comment by Karol Mudgett — June 15, 2011 @ 2:42 am

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