The Reds released 2002 #1 draft pick Mark Schramek yesterday. Another bust Reds #1 draft pick.

One thing you have to say about the new regime, they’re not afraid to get rid of the players that they feel have no shot at the major leagues.

I think it’s safe to say if you have talent and perform, you can climb in this organization right now. There are very few “crown jewels” standing in your way. Interesting to see that they seem to have cut Schramek (a #1 pick) to give the 3B job to Jeremiah Piepkorn (an undrafted free agent).

9 Responses

  1. Jay

    Hopefully, the new regime will bring in either better scouts … or if they have good scouts that they’ll listen to them (not sure what the problem was previously.)

    but the beauty and frustration about baseball is that it is a crap shoot, and nothing is guaranteed. Like at a couple of the Devil Rays’ picks. Joey Hamilton was highly touted and supposed to be a big boost, but he can’t get his head straight and has taken a couple of leaves of absence from the game – one for as long as an entire season.

    The MLB amatuer draft is a crap shoot. Nothing is guaranteed.

  2. Bill

    I agree nothing is guaranteed, but you’d think that you’d have one #1 pick pan out in the span of 15 years or so…even by accident!

  3. Bill Hansing

    Hopefully, the new regime will bring in either better scouts … or if they have good scouts that they’ll listen to them (not sure what the problem was previously.)

    The problem was Bowden. He positioned himself and acted as if he was “king” –so everyone sort of bowed down to the “king” or found themselves gone. At the end of the day — Bowden is no better at assessing major league potential than he is in choosing women. In both he is clearly just looking for someone who has the “tools”.

  4. Chris

    I think Jay means Josh Hamilton. Joey Hamilton is a different sort of flop.

  5. Ken

    The kind of flop the Bengals would have drafted ten years ago.

  6. Glenn

    Remember when the Reds had one of the best minor league organizations in MLB? Someone ought to write a book on how a first class operation went to you know where, in no time. It would be a “How not to do it” sort of business lesson.

  7. Bill Hansing

    Remember when the Reds had one of the best minor league organizations in MLB? Someone ought to write a book on how a first class operation went to you know where, in no time. It would be a “How not to do it” sort of business lesson.

    Comment by Glenn — 4/21/2006 @ 7:39 pm

    Jim Bowden

  8. redlegs

    You should NEVER have to let a #1 pick go. That’s bad scouting.

  9. andrew

    what’s the chances of piepkorn advacning soon?