Yesterday began the short season baseball leagues that the Reds play in. With the rosters out now, it seemed like a good time to make notes on a few guys to keep an eye on.

Billings Mustangs

Ismael Guillon: He has the best stuff of anyone on the team and is also the youngest player. While he may not be the best pitcher right now on the team (though he very well could be), he is the best pitching prospect on the staff.

Wes Mugarian: The Mustangs opening night starter had a solid first game with 7 strikeouts and 1 earned run in 5 innings pitched. He has good stuff and is in his first full season of pro baseball after being drafted in the 5th round last season.

Kyle McMyne: Scouting reports on this guy suggest his stuff is very good, even though he is a tad on the short side. He has shown a big fastball with a strong slider. He could put up strong numbers in this league.

Brian Pearl: Pearl was in Billings back in 2009 where he struck out 43 and walked 10 in 28.2 innings. He is coming back from an injury suffered last season, but his stuff was outstanding before his injury. If he can recover fully, he could rival Ismael Guillon for best stuff on the staff.

Junior Arias: One of the Reds prized prospects from their renewed international free agent boom. Easily the top position prospect on the team. He has good power and a strong hit tool. How his plate discipline comes around this year will be a big factor in how well he can hit this season.

Sean Buckley: With Arias also playing at third base, it will be interesting to see where Buckley gets most of his playing time. His power potential is said to be pretty big and in a league where the ball flies well he could do some damage.

Kyle Waldrop: A very good athlete who flashes some interesting tools at the plate with power potential and good speed. Still a teenager, he is a bit raw but had a chance to be one of the stronger hitting prospects on the team.

Wild card pick: Mitch Clarke: I will be honest when I say that I don’t know much about him. However a big lefty with control is quite intriguing. He has put up strong numbers each of the last two seasons for the Reds in rookie ball.

AZL Reds

Jose Amezcua: Armed with a good fastball and breaking ball, the Reds 7th rounder last year could be one of the better prospects on the team.

Carlos Ramos: He was impressive in spring training. He has a good fastball and shows a solid feel for secondary pitches. Posted a 0.55 ERA in the DSL last season with 36 strikeouts in 33 innings.

Alejandro Chacin: Here is a guy that I know absolutely nothing about other than what I was able to read off of his stats page on various websites. However the Reds brought him to the US at age 17 (turns 18 in 3 days) and that is enough to tell me that he is someone worth watching. I will see what other information I can track down on him.

Humberto Valor: He was the Reds biggest international free agent name signed in 2009. He is just 18 years old, but has the tools to stay at shortstop and showed solid stats last season in the VSL.

Wild card pick: Robert Ramirez: Another guy that I don’t know anything about, but the Reds were confident enough in him to bring an 18 year old to the US. He showed solid plate discipline last season in the DSL (25 walks and 34 strikeouts), but he didn’t hit much.