Originally Posted by Aronchis
Bruce has more raw power than Kearns did, their plate eye looks to be about on the same page, though Bruce is interestingly hitting at a much higher average. I would argue Larry Walker is the better comparison as he had a sluggish OBP as a 19 year old but with that immense power.
While the overall work of O'brien/Renyolds looks spotty on the draft. The first rounders are interesting franchise ability talents. The 2006 draft doesn't look overly interesting at this time. While the Reds may have dug a few nuggets out, the weak nature of the 2006 draft and the failure of Buckley in Toronto during the 2001-03 drafts I think the return will be minimal. Stubbs(BJ clone) doesn't give me much confidence nor does Watson(poor man's Bush). That makes Bailey and Bruce more important.
Votto is a bat I like. Good power and solid plate discipline. I am sick of these judy hitting first baseman. This years version can't even field. Votto represents a cure as long as he can hit to all fields with time.
i think the '05 draft definitely had some depth (wood, ward, lecure, avery, lanier, fisher, griffin). and i have to disagree on the 1st base situation. although i hope votto can win the job next spring, hatteberg has done a great job hitting as has aurillia, and they are a big part of the reds success.