Re: Reds cut ties with some Minor Leaguers
I don't think the culture is to blame for the initial losing but I think it sets in after you start taking your lumps. I think the teams were just seriously short-handed this season in terms of talent, and the bi-product of that is you get a bad team, and then your legitimate prospects like Neftali Soto get caught up in it and their performance falls off.
While I really like the fact that the Reds have weeded out the predominance of over-aged players that filled the rosters of their affiliates during the Bowden era, I think they went too far. With the Sarasota team, instead of using GCL players who were overmatched or calling up players from Dayton who were clearly not ready, they could have signed a free agent who would have come in and helped the whole team. There are 100 players released out of Double-A at the end of spring training, many of whom would have been stars in the Florida State League. They could have signed a couple of those guys at positions where they did not have a prospect, kept the team strong, and then I flat out guarantee you that Soto hits higher than .248, Horst doesn't go 6-13, 3.25, and Janke has a strong season in Dayton instead of going there and going 0-5.
On top of all that, when they get to the big leagues, it has not been beaten into their heads that once they get down a couple of runs, they've lost, and they believe they will win those games instead of being sure they will lose.