Dayn Perry ranks the Top 10 Prospects in the NL Central on the FOX web site. The Reds placed three players in the top ten and he ranked the Reds as the second best minor league system overall in the NL Central. The following are his comments on the three Reds prospects who made the top ten.
2. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, Reds
Acquired: 9th round, 2000, Caguas HS (Caguas, PR)
In past seasons, Encarnacion has shown strong plate discipline, good gap power, an ability to hit for average, speed on the bases and a capable glove at third. This year, he ramped up his power numbers at AAA-Louisville before his promotion to Cincinnati. Once he seasons his approach at the plate and adjusts to major league pitching, Encarnacion figures to be a perennial All-Star.
6. Homer Bailey, RHP, Reds
Acquired: 1st round, 2004, La Grange HS (La Grange, TX)
Another fire-balling, prep-trained right-hander from Texas in the mold of so many others. … Bailey sports a mid-90s fastball and a plus curve. In 2004, he saw very limited action in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League after signing, and this season he’s in the Low-A Midwest League. There he’s fanned well more than a batter per inning and done a fine job of keeping the ball in the park, but he’s struggled badly with his control. He needs to harness his stuff and cultivate an off-speed pitch, but he’s still a highly promising arm. It’s possible he’ll wind up as a dominating reliever.
10. Travis Wood, LHP, Reds
Acquired: 2nd round pick 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Alexander, Ark.)
Wood has logged only 30 innings as a pro, but the results thus far have been highly impressive: 50 strikeouts, 12 walks, 16 hits, 0 home runs, 4 runs. His fastball hits the mid-90s on occasion, which is outstanding velocity for an 18-year-old lefty. His supporting pitches need work, and his delivery is a little on the violent side; however, there’s no ignoring that heater of his. Wood is long-term project, but he’s one worth watching.