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.
|Devil Rays||3||21||Evan Longoria||AA|
|Reds||8||22||Drew Stubbs||LOW A|
|Red Sox||28||22||Daniel Bard||AA|
|White Sox||29||22||Kyle McCulloch||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.
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