All but three No. 1 picks since (not including Leake) have played with the Dragons. The only ones missing were pitcher Jeremy Sowers, No. 1 in 2001 who did not sign, pitcher Ryan Wagner in 2003 who started his pro career in Class AA and last year’s No. 1, first baseman Yonder Alonso, who signed too late to join the Dragons.
So what the heck is he complaining about?
Six of the eight best players in the system of the last half decade will have spent significant time in Dayton after next year, between Bruce, Frazier, Cueto, Bailey, Votto, and Rodriguez. The only one that didn't is Yonder Alonso, and now Mike Leake.
As long as the Reds continue to draft polished college guys in the first round, they're not going to play in Dayton- especially if they wait until the deadline to sign. When the Reds start taking high schoolers again in the first two rounds (like they did with Kearns, Dunn, Bailey, Howington, Lotzkar, Mesoraco, etc.) they will play in Dayton.