Found November 16, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
After surprisingly making the playoffs in 2010, the Reds slipped in 2011, primarily due to a starting staff that declined rapidly, and it didn’t help that top prospect Aroldis Chapman had a really rough start to the season. Other than Chapman, few other Reds prospects spent major time in the majors, though several of them made an appearance in the majors. That’s not too bad though, considering that they’ve promoted several players over the past few years and have several good prospects near the majors. The top prospect is clearly Devin Mesoraco, but the Reds have several other really good ones as well. Mesoraco is the heir apparent behind the plate, but just behind him, Yasmani Grandal will force a trade of one or the other if Mesoraco proves capable of holding down the starting gig. Yonder Alonso may also force a trade as he needs a spot, but he doesn’t have one due to the presence of Joey Votto. There is certainly no shortage of talent at the upper levels of this system. After...
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