Yes, I held out on anointing Billy Hamilton the next big thing, and as a result, I am a little late to the game. With hindsight at my side, I would have still rated Mesoraco number one in this system, but Hamilton would have slotted in at number two. Hamilton is a legit MLB talent, and had his move to center field happened earlier, I might have jumped on the bandwagon more quickly.
Ranking Daniel Corcino so highly was not a popular move at the time this list was released, but I refused to ignore his raw stuff. He broke out a bit in 2012 and is now easily one of the best prospects in the system and a likely Top 150 guy. My personal experience with Corcino caused me to push him higher than most and at least for now, I’ve been rewarded for taking my own path.
Yorman Rodriguez’s development has not gone as planned and I’ve been slow to let go of the overall profile. He still intrigues and merits consideration for the back of the list, but having him in the top five was a mistake.
The Reds overall Top 15 thinned out quickly last year and I was left to include players like Neftali Soto, Gabriel Rosa and Ryan Wright, players that wouldn’t have sniffed a deeper system’s list. In hindsight, there weren’t many better options for the back third of the list, meaning I probably wasn’t the only one struggling to piece that together.
In the end, the strength of the list was the conviction I carried with players like Corcino, Stephenson, Gregorius and Guillon, while the weaknesses I showed included a slow belief in Billy Hamilton and an underrating of Tony Cingrani.