Originally Posted by dougdirt
Redsmetz, all of this information is based on John Sickels Prospect Handbook that recently just came out. He rates prospects on a grade scale like in school. Here is what he ranked the Reds top 20 on the web, which he could have changed his mind on since then.
Now I dont agree with all of his assessment skills, but like nearly every list, its all subject to the writers opinion.
Thanks for the explanation. I wasn't intending to be glib, but it just struck me as easy to assess a system. I don't think our system is where it needs to be. Of course, the new regime has had only one draft and it should be noted that they haven't added much minor league talent through trades. I think it's too early to say whether the ranking for last year's draft (and that's what you were showing originally, right?) is a true assessment.
I see that movement has been made at the top echelons of the scouting department, so we'll see if that reaps any benefits. I understand some question those folks leaving, but it's fair to say that GM's have a right to their own people. If nothing else, the dirth of talent in our system puts into question our ability to identify and develop players.
What will be telling this year is how these folks fare as they move up to Dayton or Sarasota. Likewise, I assume that we will have roster spots to fill out at all levels. I'm interested in seeing who we pick up as minor league free agents as spring begins. Remember we signed Ryan Freel as a 26 year old minor league free agent in November of 2002. I'd like to know our folks are out there looking for those types of guys.
Not to make excuses for the new regime, but turning this ship around will take time. It's good drafts, and, yes, I understand many here believe this was a poor draft, but again, even for the draft, while it was Wayne's draft, I don't know that he had everyone he'd like to be in place. I'm still not clear on who we have in our scouting department and how that's expanded, if at all.