I actually am leaning towards wanting the Reds to start SMB in Bakersfield next year, because I do not want the Reds to rush SMB and ruin his confidence, which could have been the case with Vidal. I think a half year of the California league makes sense for SMB.
Letting SMB have a half year in Bakersfield also gives Vidal one more chance to get it together. If SMB is lighting up the California league after 300 PAs, I would still not hold him back if Vidal is showing life, but 300 PAs in Pensacola could be enough to get Vidal's career back on track.
Two of the Phils top young guys are third sackers (Cody Asche & Maikel Franco). I'd love to see the Reds swing a deal for on of them or Miguel Sano. I know that it won't happen though so I'd like to see one of the top five or so picks on high-ceiling 3B (along with a couple of big arms and a couple of offensively projectable MI's).
The cycle of choosing a steady stream of OF's with a 4th-outfielder ceiling may have ended last year. Now if they can just turn of the flow of top 10 ten picks used on MI's with little-to-no offensive future.
I also think the Reds should look to win now before Homer is gone and a lot of other good young players are a year closer to FA. If the Reds are going to move a major piece, I want it to benefit the 2014 Reds and not a future version.
Just notice that SMB is the oldest in the Top 10 of the RZ prospect list at 23 and below AA. Not saying its anything bad or comparing him to Methuselah or anything, but do you think we might see them move him aggressively the next couple of years?