Originally Posted by Doc. Scott
The Reds have generally treated the AFL as a way to shine up the club's marginal prospects as tradebait. This season seems to be no exception.
None of these guys, except maybe Roenicke, are being sent to Arizona because they're somehow promising and missed a significant portion of the season due to injuries.
None are what you'd call a sure-fire top-ten prospect in the organization. It's not meant to be a crack on these players, all of whom I follow and root for, but they're playing for "shine" value.
I don't agree. I think Reds are using the Fall League this time to polish some guys who are not quite ready but could be needed in Cincy next year. Particularly the pitchers.
Pelland, Roenicke, and Viola seem to be serious reliever candidates, perhaps the best the Reds have. Roenicke was voted BA's best tools reliever for the Florida State League this year (before his promotion). Pelland and Viola are lefty relievers who have had success, with Pelland a hard thrower. These are scarce commodities that teams don't usually discard.
Jukish did great in the Florida State League later this season. Again, I doubt the Reds are getting ready to dump this pitching prospect. My guess is that they want him to jump to the next level and feel he needs some more innings to help do that.
I'm less sure about the position players. Possible they are being showcased. To me, Dickerson, Tatum and Rosales are similar in that they all are probably major league back-up level guys. Also possible Reds are getting them ready if they are needed to fill-in in Cincy at some point next season.
I wouldn't discount this group. I think some of them are real prospects.