From the Enquirer:

O’Brien has seen Travis Wood, the second-round draft choice who has been dominating for the Gulf Coast League Reds, in person.

“He’s a kid who, for his age, really has a good idea of how to pitch,” O’Brien said. “He has an altogether different demeanor. He’s a nice kid off the field, but on the field he’s a real competitor.”

Wood has pitched 172/3 innings, allowing seven hits, no runs and five walks. He has struck out 31.

“He has an above-average fastball with life that he can throw to both sides of the plate right now,” O’Brien said. “He has a plus-plus changeup that he can throw for strikes today. He has a curveball that has yet to be developed.”

The Reds might bump Wood to Billings if he continues to cruise.

I hope he’s still there in a couple of weeks.

Jay Bruce, this year’s No. 1 draft pick, hit his first professional home run in the Gulf Coast Reds’ 15-5 loss to the GCL Pirates.

When kids are assigned to the GCL, are the hitters usually in front of the pitchers or vice versa? I’d think the pitchers would be in front, as most hitters are making the transition from aluminum to wood bats.

I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. If Bruce is a good pick, it is still going to be five years before we ever see the kid. Why doesn’t this team emphasize drafting from the college level more?

  2. Draft: There has to be a balance. The Reds minor league system is abismal right now. It will take time to build it. We’re going to have to be pacient. A good draft will have a mix of both high ceiling guys, i.e. Homer Bailey, and college guys who’ll take only a couple years, but have less superstar potential.

  3. Problem with high school guys goes beyond development time and cost. Stats on high school guys are limited and distorted. You can’t just rely on a scout’s perspective. Looks where that has got us in the past.

  4. Bad Scouts, we need new ones. Someone needs to realize this. The year we drafted Gruler, Kazmir, and Greinke, both HS guys in the Majors right now, were drafted after him. We need better scouts. The Braves continually draft and develop HS players into stars. Look at their current team. How many are young rookies. Their minor league system is stocked with good young HS talent.

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About Bill Lack

I've been a Reds fan since the late '60's, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in '84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in '90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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