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OnBaseMachine
08-13-2006, 02:03 PM
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The toughest thing for the Reds to do this year is pick one player for the Chief Bender Award as the club's top minor-leaguer.

Do you go with Joey Votto ? He was hitting .313 with 21 home runs and 69 RBI going into the weekend. Add in .395 on-base and .558 slugging percentages and you get an idea of what kind of year he's having at Double-A Chattanooga.

Do you go with Jay Bruce ? He was hitting .305 with 41 doubles, 16 homers and 76 RBI for Single-A Dayton.

Do you go with Homer Bailey ? He has combined to go 8-5 with a 2.44 ERA in stops at Single-A Sarasota and Chattanooga. He has allowed 80 hits and struck out 127 in 118 innings.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060813/COL09/608130419/1082/SPT

dougdirt
08-13-2006, 02:07 PM
Gotta be Bailey.
Votto is having a great year, so is Bruce. Gotta hand it to Bailey at this point though. Votto has been a very good hitter, Bailey has been flat out dominating though.

wolfboy
08-13-2006, 11:12 PM
Gotta be Bailey.
Votto is having a great year, so is Bruce. Gotta hand it to Bailey at this point though. Votto has been a very good hitter, Bailey has been flat out dominating though.

I think I'd have to agree, but it's really nice to have a three way race between legitimate prospects.

OnBaseMachine
08-13-2006, 11:14 PM
FWIW: Here are my rankings:

1. Homer Bailey
2. Jay Bruce
3. Joey Votto

RedsFanatic
08-13-2006, 11:21 PM
FWIW: Here are my rankings:

1. Homer Bailey
2. Jay Bruce
3. Joey Votto

Agreed.

Aronchis
08-14-2006, 12:19 AM
Joey Votto. He has done it at AA the whole year. Bruce has run out of gas down the stretch and Bailey struggled his first 2 months.

DoogMinAmo
08-14-2006, 12:33 AM
I would give it to Votto before Bruce, Votto performed at a higher level, and is more likely to be in the bigs next year. Bruce has at least 1.5 more years to earn the title. But Homer seems the odds-on favorite. It would be odd if he is considered one of the top prospects in baseball based on this season, and he doesn't even get the award for top organizational minor leaguer.