Below are the Cincinnati Reds Top Ten Prospects in 2003 as identified by Baseball America. During this season they moved into their new ballpark. They also had Jim Bowden as their general manager.
1. Chris Gruler RHP - He was the third overall pick in the 2002 draft. Only Bryan Bullington and B.J. Upton were selected ahead of him. Zack Greinke, Prince Fielder, Cole Hamels and Matt Cain were some of the first round stars of the 2002 draft. Chris never got past A ball, though shoulder injuries hampered his advance.
2. Bobby Basham RHP - At least he got to AA but he missed the entire 2004 season because of injury.
3. Wily Mo Pena OF - Bowden liked his tools so much he picked him up when he became GM of the Nationals. He was originally signed by the Yankees for over $2 million but traded to the Reds for another potential superstar who never made it Drew Henson. At least Pena played some major league baseball, hitting 84 homeruns. His best year was in 2004 when he hit 26 homeruns. It was downhill every year after that. Currently playing for the Softbank Hawks where he had a good 2012 season (.280, 21, 76) but is barely above the Mendoza line for 2013 (.218, 0, 6).
4. Edwin Encarnacion 3B/SS - Finally broke out with the bat last year with the Toronto Blue Jays when he didn’t have to play defense and slugged 42 homeruns.
5. Dustin Moseley RHP - The Reds traded Moseley to the Angels in 2004 for Ramon Ortiz. They did not miss much as his career major league record is 15-21, 4.67. The Padres nontendered him after the 2012 season and he is still looking for a team to sign with.
6. Ty Howington LHP - Another first round pick, the 14th selection in 1999, he never got past AA. He missed the entire 2004 season because of injury and only played in one season after that. The one consolation for the Reds is that after their selection, the only first round pick who had a decent major league career was Alex Rios.
7. Ricardo Aramboles RHP - Another signing by the Yankees that never made it. He was initially signed by the Marlins but found to be only 14 years old so that contract was voided.
8. Brandon Larson 3B - a first round pick by the Reds in 1997 after being voted the MVP of the 1997 College World Series. That got them three brief major league seasons with a .189 average and 8 homeruns.
9. Josh Hall RHP - His only season in the major leagues was in 2003 for a late season call up. His 6.57 ERA did not motivate a team to give him another opportunity.
10. Mark Schramek 3B - A 2002 supplemental first round pick, he only played four seasons. He reached AA but a .226 career minor league average sent him a message to hang them up.
Other top prospects or roster players from 2003 who had a major league impact.
14. Joey Votto 3B/C - Johnny Bench gave him some catching advice in 2003 but the Reds made the decision to move him to first where he has become an All Star.
22. Tony Blanco 3B - He did not have much of a major league career, but he currently leads the NPB in homeruns with 23 playing for the Yokahama Bay Stars.
2003 draft picks that made a major league impact
Ryan Wagner was their first round pick and he proved to be a disappointment. At least he got into some games as a major league reliever but his career was short. He did make the majors the year he was drafted and in 17 appearances had a 1.66 ERA but in his four following years Ryan could not get the ERA below 4.70. Chris Dickerson was selected in the 16th round and has been useful in a fourth outfielder role. He is currently playing for the Baltimore Orioles. The Reds were one of many teams who drafted Matt Harrington, but even as a 24th round pick he did not sign. Harrington had been a first round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2001 but never signed.