Originally Posted by KronoRed
Considering the Reds 1st round history, should they consider punting the pick?
Here's a quick overview of the Reds 1st round choices, Barry Larkin is without a doubt the best first rounder in Reds history.
For position player the Reds drafted #1 have produced the following numbers in MLB
25,377 trips to the plate, 7158 hits and 2230 extra base hits. Barry Larkin is responsible for 32.6% of those ab's and 32% of the ebh's and 31% of those ab's, the other ten players who made it to the show own the rest.
Worst? take your pick, almost anyone who didn't make it or player who didn't sign would be a start
As for pitching the Reds peaked in the draft as far as arms are concerned in 1969 when they picked Don Gullett in slot number 14. This was after choosing Wayne Simpson and Gary Nolan. The 3 of them combined for 255-15 record and 3702 innings.
Since then the Reds have drafted 18 pitchers for their first pick, the combined total of their contribution to the pitching community is a record of 193-219 and 3449 innings pitched. At this juncture Brett Tomko is on the path to becoming the Reds draft choice to throw the most innings in the major leagues since the draft started.
That speaks volumes about Reds inability to get pitchers from the draft to the mound in Cincinnati.
During the Howsam years you would think that the Reds would have created some nice number one picks, only one player drafted number one in the 70's ever made it to the big leagues and that was Nick Esasky.