Originally Posted by BoydsOfSummer
Keep in mind that Bruce,if he keeps it up,will be knocking on the door in 2 years.He's doing good things in the Midwest League.
There was an excellent article in yesterday's DDN on Bruce. I've been following Jay. If he keeps it up, then he is one the fast track.
Reds' trade paves way for Dragons' Bruce, Janish
By Marc Katz
Dayton Daily News
That right field spot is open for Jay Bruce — as soon as he's ready. That shortstop spot is open for Paul Janish (or Ray Olmedo or Adam Rosales) — as soon as he's ready. And the purge of Reds' first-round draft picks continues.
In one afternoon, Reds General Manager Wayne Krivsky addressed some Reds' shortcomings of the present, paved the way for the future and purged the organization of a past mistake.
For the moment, that's a better three-way than any Coney hot dog with chili and cheese.
Bruce, the hot-hitting 19-year-old outfielder with the Class A Midwest League Dayton Dragons, has been used in center and right field, too, just in case. He's not major-league-ready this year, and might not be next year, but by 2008, he ought to be a fixture in Cincinnati.
Janish is a smooth-fielding shortstop who played with the Dragons last year before he injured his arm, and was hitting .398 with the Dragons this year when he was promoted to Class A Sarasota. At his current rate of production, Janish should be ready for the Reds in 2008, too.
This is not to suggest Krivsky is thinking two years ahead of the game. He wants to win now.
But you're not going to trade for 36-year-old shortstop Royce Clayton without knowing there are suitable replacements in the system. You're not going to ship out your best young outfielder without knowing a kid — seven years younger — is off to a fast start in his professional career.
Both Kearns and Bruce were No. 1 draft choices by the Reds, and in their first two seasons (at about the same age), Bruce is off to a better start. Kearns hit 14 homers and had 62 RBIs in his first season-and-a-half. Bruce has 22 homers and 98 RBIs — 60 so far this year — with a month-and-a-half to play. Bruce also has 36 doubles for the Dragons, the same number Kearns hit at Rockford, Ill., in 1999.
Janish is hitting only .238 at Sarasota, but he has a little pop in his bat, has hit better at every level than expected and always makes the right play in the field. Olmedo (at Class AAA Louisville) and Rosales (with the Dragons) are fielding upgrades, too.
That's the key to that position, you know. Lopez put up big offensive numbers, but was erratic in the field. Krivsky — and Reds manager Jerry Narron — are bigger on defense than the Reds have been over the past few years.
As for the purge of No.1s, only this summer's Drew Stubbs, Bruce (2005), 2004's Homer Bailey and Chris Gruler (2002) remain in the Reds' system. And Gruler is on injury rehab deep in the minors. Wagner, by the way, is the third first-round pick dumped by the Reds this year. Pitcher Ty Howington, No. 1 in 1999, was released in spring training, as was third baseman Mark Schramek, a supplemental first-round pick in 2002.