John Sickels has released his annual list of the Top 20 prospects in the Reds organization; here’s the top ten:

1. Jay Bruce, OF, Grade A (I’m not worried about the strikeouts given his age and performance)
2. Johnny Cueto, RHP, Grade A-
3. Joey Votto, 1B, Grade A-
4. Homer Bailey, RHP, Grade B+
5. Todd Frazier, SS-3B, Grade B+
6. Matthew Maloney, LHP, Grade B (I have always liked him, has component marks of a power pitcher not a finesse guy even though he doesn’t throw hard)
7. Devin Mesoraco, C, Grade B
8. Drew Stubbs, OF, Grade B-
9. Neftali Soto, SS-3B, Grade B-
10. Kyle Lotzkar, RHP, Grade B- (a long way off but a good intuitive feeling)

The most amazing thing about Sickels’ analysis is this line: “A very rich farm system with a lot of depth.”

How long has it been since one could make that claim about the Reds farm system. Kudos to former GM Dave Dan O’Brien and current GM Wayne Krivsky.