Originally Posted by mth123
Valaika had a good start but he was a polished college player playing in Rookie ball. I need to see him do it in a full-season league to get excited enough to put him in the top 10.
Ok, but 21 is not old for Advanced Rookie leagues like the Pioneer League. I think he won the league's MVP award and hit like crazy. It is a good hitter's league, but Valaika was a top performer there.
He also seems to have the "make up" that many scouts like in a player.
I hope Travis Wood turns out to warrant everyone's confidence since the Reds need starting pitchers. I also hope Stubbs starts to hit, and Hamilton is over the issues that have held him back. Certainly these choices have merit.
But after the "big 3" and Cueto, I think Valaika is the most likely to be a big league contributor.