Re: Reds move up on BA's organization report cards
Exactly one thing changed under DanO. Health. It's that simple.
Had Bowden's drafts been healthy, who knows where the Reds would be right now. Swimming in a pitching rich system I think. Just the top names of the last 5-6 years include Pauly, Gardner, Howington, Gruler, Basham and Aramboles. Add them to the current crop of HEALTHY minor leaguers and what you have is a solid foundation to feed MLB. Not just the Reds, but all of baseball as potential trade chips.
DanO, if nothing else brought health to the minor leaguers. Now that may have been serendipitous, or a result of his very conservative nature, regardless, the minors were healthy under his watch for the first time in a long time.
Krivsky SAYS that he doesn't want players skipping levels, and yet both Cueto and Bailey spent only a half season at the level they started at in '06.
Cueto went from pitching 50 innings in 2005 to 140 in 2006. That's quite a jump.
LeCure skipped the Midwest League altogether. Now while I think he's the type of pitcher, age and development, that could handle the jump, it goes to pattern. Krivsk says no skipping, then he starts having players skip levels or spend only a short time there. And don't get me started on Pelland. Kid has been handled completely wrong his entire career thus far. He should have spent 2006 repeating High A.
Now this approach isn't nearly as aggressive as one Bowden might employ. (remember when Aramboles nearly made the team out of ST?) But it is aggressive nonetheless. And I'm not saying it's a bad idea. just pointing out what I have observed. I do not think Krivsky will be remembered for the 2006 draft. But then it was supposed to be a weak class. But 2007 is supposed to be better. And he needs to do something on the international front. So far, he's shown nothing on that front.
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