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Scrap Irony
09-03-2007, 10:52 PM
Every year, according to Tim Nehring, you need at least one prospect to deliver on his promise at the major league level. This past season, several tried and a couple succeeded. Those that helped:

Jeff Keppinger
A largely forgotten man after being traded for in late March, all Keppinger did was lead the International League in hitting, then proceed to tear the cover off the ball for the parent club as well, slugging .360 in 45 games. He can play 2B, SS, and 3B fairly well and has shown a penchant for both the big hit and timely at-bats. He's older for a prospect (27) and many see shades of Jon Nunnally and Chris Stynes, plaus the fact that he's really got no position aside from super-sub at this point at the big league level. Still, a great, great year from the former Bulldog.

Josh Hamilton
We all know his story of redemption and talent. Hamilton's been a revelation at the major league level, hitting .290 with pop and speed, while playing passable defense in any of the three OF postions. He's still relatively young yet (26) and looks to be a part of the Cincinnati club for years to come.

Jared Burton
After initially being banished to the back-end of the beleaguered Reds' bullpen, Burton burst on the scene as the set-up man for Weathers when Petey Mack took over. He's responded, recording a solid mid 2.70's ERA with a stellar BA against lower than .200. He's another 26-year-old and he's had troubles with the BB, but Burton's shone in limited time.

oneupper
09-03-2007, 10:54 PM
None of these guys were drafted or came up through our system.

11larkin11
09-04-2007, 12:00 AM
But they were all acquired by that god-awful GM known as Wayne Krivsky.

TOBTTReds
09-04-2007, 10:03 AM
None of these guys were drafted or came up through our system.

Russell Haltiwanger was good enough to yield Keppinger. That is good enough for me. The ability to trade a crappy A baller for Kepp is impressive. That is as good as drafted to me. Same with a guy like Felipe Lopez and Aaron Harang. We helped develop them as well though we didn't draft them.

GoReds33
09-04-2007, 06:51 PM
We didn't draft half the players on the team. The way a small market team has got to suceed is to draft well, and make good trades. So far the Reds do one of those right.

Topcat
09-05-2007, 03:55 AM
We didn't draft half the players on the team. The way a small market team has got to suceed is to draft well, and make good trades. So far the Reds do one of those right.

Actually I feel they are doing well on both accounts. Dano drafted well as has WayneK:thumbup:

GoReds33
09-05-2007, 06:15 PM
Actually I feel they are doing well on both accounts. Dano drafted well as has WayneK:thumbup:The Reds generally draft pretty well when it comes to position players. Bailey was a good pick. It was an obdvious pick though. They didn't draft Cueto though did they? I thought they signed him. Am I right on that?

redsmetz
09-05-2007, 06:22 PM
The Reds generally draft pretty well when it comes to position players. Bailey was a good pick. It was an obdvious pick though. They didn't draft Cueto though did they? I thought they signed him. Am I right on that?

I think Cueto was signed in the Dominican or in Venezuela. And we're starting to see some of those young guys who've come up from Latin America start making an impact in the minors.

dougdirt
09-05-2007, 06:31 PM
Cueto was signed as a Free Agent as a 17 year old in March 2004 out of the Dominican Republic.

Aronchis
09-05-2007, 07:52 PM
The Minor leagues didn't help the Reds in 07, but maybe in 08. Will swing the franchise one way or another.

GoReds33
09-05-2007, 10:28 PM
I think Cueto was signed in the Dominican or in Venezuela. And we're starting to see some of those young guys who've come up from Latin America start making an impact in the minors.Thanks. I think I remember the guys talking about that on FSN last year. I think they said that one of the scouts was supposed to be leaving, but somebody told him that he had to see this guy.:)