Originally Posted by JaxRed
First of all there are no High A affiliates in Arizona. But you can have your new prospect's first exposure to regular season minor league baseball be 1 hour from Cincy, in one of the best facilities, with one of the best run minor league teams, with the best fan base in minor league baseball.
And you reward the fans and organization in Dayton, and make it possible for your Cincy fans to also see the new guy by driving up the road.
We just lost Chattanooga after a 20 year run, because the owner felt he was being mistreated by Reds ownership. Part of that was star players not being at their level for a while.
Since playing a month at Dayton, does not harm, and lots of benefits, that should be part of the working relationship with Dayton. Our top 3 picks will spend at least one month on Dayton roster.
Jax, unfortunately it just doesn't work that way. The amount of teams who send their college players, much less polished college players to low A in their first full season is generally.... the Reds. Chris Valaika was the last top 3 round college players taken to leave low A. Drew Stubbs was the 2nd college hitter taken in the draft. He spent an entire year in low A. No other team does that.
Dayton is great. They do have great facilities, but I doubt they are better than the ones the Reds use for spring training in Sarasota. The fans are great in Dayton. The Reds however shouldn't default from their plans to cater to those fans. Sometimes levels get great players, sometimes they don't. Thats just how the game works. Heck, look at Chattanooga. Frank would have been well served to have the Carolina roster this year full of guys worth talking about. Instead they went with the Dodgers and had just about no one on their roster. It happens every now and again.