Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
I dunno. Not that I know anything, but the lists compiled by BA and others don't impress me as especially authoritative in the distinctions they make, say, in any sequence of 10-20 players outside of the top, top group. So, if they've got Ahrens at 32 and Dominguez at 15, to me that isn't all that significant. Plus, I have the feeling Ahrens is gaining steam.
I'm really pleased that we can see video of these guys now (at minorleaguebaseball.com). I've looked at Ahrens a few times and I have been more impressed each time with his switch-hitting potential. Very quick, strong hands from both sides -- and he's only been switch hitting for a year. I think this could be a kid with a special bat. Not much by way of speed and it sounds like he'll have to eventually move off SS, but I like that he's at least athletic enough to start there. He's grown on me.
My take is they all look good on video. As for Ahrens, far as I know, no one's got him rated in the top 30. Ideally the Reds could pluck a top 10 guy who's dropped a bit rather than reach back for a sleeper. Though, like I said, I don't mind a reach as long as the organization does it with absolute certitude. Of course that certitude better prove correct and bad luck on injuries, for me, doesn't absolve a miss in that situation (e.g. Chris Gruler).