Originally Posted by JaxRed
Spending a month in Dayton does nothing to impede a prospects development.
Perhaps, but does it do anything to help them if they're clearly beyond low A skill wise?
Really, Alonso is the only case we have to talk about when it comes to the Dragons/Reds relationship and 1st round draft picks. Kearns to Dayton, Howington, Grueler to Dayton, Stubbs, Mes to Dayton, Alonso skips.
Alonst started late due to his late signing. He showed in High A that he was clearly ready from a skill set to play that level. Heck there were some that thought he should have started the season in AA, would playing a month in Dayton have helped him all that much? Would it have helped him to OPS at 1.000+ while facing guys that struggle to find the zone or don't have the stuff that you'll see in High A and AA. He was an elite 20/21 year old college kid. Had he been drafted as an elite prospect out of high school at 18, we would have expected him to spend his age 19 season in Dayton, age 20 in High A, and then would have spent the start of this season at AA, so if anything the Reds were being a bit cautious w/ Alonso, keeping him near the minor league base in Sarasota to watch and coach him thru the first month or so of the season before sending him up to AA prior to the injury.
I would expect the same next season out of Leake and possible Brox assuming the reds move their High A affiliate to Arizona. Put both in High A to monitor closely and get all the roving instructors, extended spring training instructors, High A coaches to observe them and develop the best approach to developing them, then moving them up to AA when they're ready, hopefully about late May/early June.