After trading away Ken Griffey Jr, the Reds are looking toward the future and forgeting about this last place year. With a ton of young prospects I see no reason why they cant contend by 2010
Eric Eymann should be there starting shortstop in a few years. This 23 year old plays great defense but what will make him a superstar is his bat. In Double A this year hes hitting .300 with 55 runs batted in, five homeruns and 25 doubles. Hes one of the rare shortstops that can drive in runs with ease, hit the big one, or even steal a base. He reminds me of a young Michael Young which im sure all Reds fans would be glad to have
Adam Dunn and Corey Patterson are getting old and with Griffey gone there will be a few outfield spots open come spring. Sean Henry is a five tool player, he plays fantastic defense and has a rocket arm along with his great speed that lets him catch more balls in the gap. Henry also is a great hitter, in the minor leagues this year he has a .301 average, 62 rbis, 9 homeruns, and 17 stolen bases. Being this good as a 22 year old should get him up to the majors by the end of this season
Remember the name Juan Francisco. Juan is hitting .268 but has 73 rbis and 15 homeruns in A ball this year. Considering hes only 21, Fancisco should be a star in the majors getting 30 homerun, 100 rbi seasons and contending for MVP. He reminds me of a young Miguel Cabrera because he can play third, first, or left as long as hes in the lineup he'll make a big difference.
The Chattanogga Lookouts(Double A) also have the Reds next closer in 24 year old Ramon Geronimo. Germonio was named the Reds pitcher of the month in may which was his first month as a major league ballplayer since fling the Dominican Republic. Anyway he has great stuff and a fastball around 97 mph which has led him to a .072 era with 11 saves this year which hitters have only hit .135 against him. Incredible pitcher, he will be the Reds closer by the end of next year, just ask Cincy