Originally Posted by mace
There's really a troubling trend about the inability of the Reds' top prospects to play a position. They haven't found a spot for Frazier. Francisco isn't trusted at third. Apparently, neither is Soto. Valaika's questionable at short. Cody Puckett is not good at second. Mesoraco has a long way to go as a catcher. Alonso can only play first. My oh my. It's debilitating. And several of those guys--Frazier, Soto, Valaika, Puckett--started out as shortstops. Golly molly.
I think you make a valid point. Stubbs and Cozart have natural positions. Alonso has one position, but it's Votto's position. Some guys are moved around a lot, not a ringing endorsement. That includes Frazier. Then Valaika is kept at shortstop despite reports that he won't wind up there. Francisco was kept at third despite many reports that he's outgrown the position.
My conclusion is that the Reds are looking for defensive positions on the minor league teams that will allow these guys to play daily and get their at bats as they go up the ladder. My other conclusion is that several of them are trade bait.