Re: If the Reds Continue to Lose, will Jay Bruce be the next at fault?
I think the goat would be player development. The reason I didn't like Dunn was because he was never able to develop into a complete player, nor did it seem that the Reds personnel seemed to bother to address it. Also, look at Homer Bailey; he was a guy who was allowed to shoot through the minors without being able to locate a quality off-speed pitch. In regards to Jay Bruce, if he can drive in 120 rbi's in the middle of the order then you have yourself a keeper. And please stop throwing out HR totals would you. I don't care if he hits 20-40 hrs, as long as he can get on base (improve plate discipline) learn to use all fields, drive in runs, and be a solid base runner. It would also be great if he played above average defense. As for Brandon Phillips, given his overall ability I think he's solid but he's not a middle of the order hitter, his lack of plate discipline should not let him hit any higher than 5th. EE is streaky at the plate and we all know his defense hasn't improved since he's been here. The only position player who has been solid this year has been Joey Votto, and even he seems raw at 1st base at times. Particularly, when he positions his body to receive a low throw. I think a few of Edwin's errors were balls that Votto should have been able to pick off the bounce. So between, Votto, EE, Phillips, and Bruce, (Dunn before them) all have the tools to be solid all around players, if they don't work to become that and if the Reds coaches and staff cant facilitate that then they are both to blame. I think it’s ironic that Mario Soto is having all this success working with prospects and he's not even a full-timer with the Reds. Future concerns, Neftali Soto and Juan Francisco’s walk rates, as well as improper player positioning. What is the point in keeping Frazier, Soto, Waring, and Francisco at the same position? It would seem wise to figure out which two have the best chance at staying at 3rd and moving the others to a position they can contribute, instead of waiting until they reach the high minors with no position.