Originally Posted by icehole3
Every Reds team I can remember that made a dent in the post season had good speed and very very good if not great defense. Until the Reds of this generation can field a team with those quailities plus some solid above average pitching I wont expect them to make the playoffs. So come march if I see Jr in RF and Dunn in LF, I wont have high expectations, Im sorry. As far as the minor league philosophy the Reds have, I like the guys coming up thru A to AA, I would also like to see the Reds in 2008 draft pitchers in the first 6 rounds then go with some guys who have great speed and can make good contact for the next six rounds. I'll probably get slammed by our minor league experts but thats just my opinion.
I would tend to agree with you on drafting pitchers in at least the first 5 of 10 rounds. Maybe as many as 7. Depending on what your true needs are position wise in say 4 or 5 years I would have to back off a position player in rounds 1-3. He would have to be a Jeter, Josh Hamilton, Delmon Young, BJ Upton type to take a chance on. Those guys do come up in a draft. You have to look at them. Really good arms are just so hard to come by. Not that hitters are not. Just sayin' I would get as much pitching as I could. You have enough pitching and you can trade for any position you need.
I personally think drafting a Catcher in the first three or four rounds is a waste. He would have to be exceptional. I do mean Exceptional. There are pleanty of good catchers available in rounds 10-20.
Great discussion all.