If you read the DOTF enough, you know that I am frustrated with the Reds for not promoting their College age prospects soon enough. I actually took the time to look it up, and guess what, there are facts in them-there observations.

Last year there were 14 College age draftees in the first round. Brad Lincoln from the Pittsburgh Pirates is on the DL. Of the 13 remaining players, 3 are in the Majors, 0 at AAA, 4 at AA, and 5 at A+. Only one College draftee from that first round is in Low A: the Cincinnati Reds’ Drew Stubbs.

Drafting College players is the low risk way to do the June Draft. If you aren’t going to put the players at age appropriate levels, the “strategy” fails. I hope there is a plan that I am missing and these college players like Stubbs, Valaika, Watson, and Turner skip a level at some point to start playing at the proper level. Otherwise they are WASTING draft picks on these college players.

Team Pick AGE Name Level
Rockies 2 21 Greg Reynolds AA
Devil Rays 3 21 Evan Longoria AA
Pirates 4 21 Brad Lincoln DL
Mariners 5 22 Brandon Morrow Majors
Tigers 6 22 Andrew Miller Majors
Reds 8 22 Drew Stubbs LOW A
Giants 10 21 Tim Linecum Majors
D’Backs 11 22 Max Scherzer A+
Cubs 13 21 Tyler Colvin A+
Padres 17 22 Matthew Antonelli A+
Marlins 19 22 Brett Sinkbeil A+
Yankees 21 22 Ian Kennedy AA
Red Sox 28 22 Daniel Bard AA
White Sox 29 22 Kyle McCulloch A+
Cardinals 30 21 Adam Ottavino A+

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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  1. I think “wasting” is a stretch, but it would make sense to say that they are possibly/probably wasting one year of the player’s prime by retarding their growth.

    As for Stubbs, he’s not burning up the MWL…so, would he really be better off struggling even more at a higher level?

  2. Maybe he would struggle. But Watson, Valaika, and Turner aren’t struggling. There just having there growth stunted.

    If they struggle at their age appropriate level, maybe they aren’t a prospect. As the Reds are doign it we don’t know if ANY of these guys are real prospects.

  3. Stubbs has a hole in his glove and loses track of the high fly from time to time. He has a great swing and amazing speed on the bases. As soon as the errors go down he will move on.
    I would be real surprised if Valaika and Turner are in Dayton for the second half the season. I don’t know what more thay can do

  4. I hope one day soon we will be talking about the glut of prospects in AA & AAA. Seems like we’ve been talking about all the potential of A-ball prospects for years.

  5. Matt..I agree about Watson, Valaika, and Turner and rumor that I heard at the stadium on Saturday was that Francisco, Valaika, Turner, and Stubbs were going to Sarasota after the AS break. (With corresponding moves from Sarasota to Chattanooga). No pitchers were mentioned, but I can’t believe that Watson won’t be moved up.

    Matt W, I’ve been to 6-7 Dragons games this year and I’ve seen no sign of a hole in Stubbs glove. I think he’s been very impressive defensively. He makes difficult plays look easy. I’m not that thrilled with him offensively and as for his speed…he’s got 12 steals, but he’s been thrown out 8 times…that’s a negative impact, so either he can’t get a jump or he’s not as fast as advertised. Either way, it’s not good.

    I’m still not sold on Stubbs, I know Doug at RedsMinorLeagues likes him a lot more than I do. I hope he’s right.

  6. Stubbs has great speed but a poor jump (good out the box but poor on the bags); MWL catchers aren’t the worst I have seen in my life either

    I am at all the games in Dayton and I think Drew may have misplayed the ball twice this weekend. Not terrible with the glove but it is maybe the one thing that would hold him back.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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