Monday, February 4, 2013

Reds farm system pegged as 12th-best in baseball

The Reds farm system isn't quite as deep as it once was two years ago, but it still ranks modestly amongst the other MLB farm systems. This is partly due to various trades (Yasmani Grandal, Donnie Joseph, Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger, Didi Gregorius) and promotions (Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco). In spite of this, ESPN.com's Keith Law still ranked Cincinnati's minor league organization as middle-of-the-pack, on Monday.

Here is what Law had to say about the No. 12 ranking he gave the reigning division champs:

They have this really fast guy you may have heard of, and actually saw some strong debuts for 2012 draft guys and have three starting pitching prospects already marching up through full-season ball, one of whom, Tony Cingrani, got a cup of coffee in September.

As Law alludes to, the Reds do have some talent at the top. Billy Hamilton headlines the list of the franchise's top prospects while pitchers Robert Stephenson, Cingrani, Daniel Corcino, and Nick Travieso round out the top five, according to Baseball America.

The arch-rival Cardinals occupied the top spot in Law's rankings, which I'm sure scares the entire baseball community a bit given their past and present history of success already. They appear to be in good shape for the future too.

The Pirates and Cubs also finished ahead of Cincy on the list while the Brewers ranked second-to-last overall.

For the record, the Reds ranked No. 19 in Law's dubious poll last year.

Law is scheduled to unveil his list of top 100 prospects on Tuesday.

Via ESPN Insider

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