Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
* As for the young players, Jocketty said Chris Heisey will get a chance to make the big league squad.
"I think we'll have an open mind about him having an opportunity to play and see if he can play," Jocketty said.
He also put pitching prospects Travis Wood, Enerio Del Rosario and Logan Ondrusek in a group that could contribute in 2010.
* Jocketty said he expected first-round pick Mike Leake to get an invitation to big league camp.
"It's one of the things we'll do this week, make our list," Jocketty said. "Leake will probably be in camp."
* One position the Reds are looking to fill is a utility infielder that can play shortstop.
"Right now I don't think we have that guy available at AAA right now unless it's one of the younger guys," Jocketty said. "It's one of the areas we'll try to improve is our bench with a veteran utility guy that can play short."
* How about top prospect Todd Frazier?
Jocketty said the one place he hasn't seen Frazier play is shortstop. And the Reds seem to like him at second base.
"We had some guys ahead of him, (Chris) Valaika, (Zach) Cozart. The guy who beat Todd out was the (Team) USA shortstop -- I think Cozart is the guy down the road," said scouting director Chris Buckley. "Todd is pretty good wherever you put him, I think people have misconstrued that a little bit. He's was good in left, pretty good at third. Todd's pretty good"
Buckley said he also liked the power potential of the team's top prospects, Yonder Alonso, Juan Francisco and Frazier.
I think the team should be looking to acquire a young SS who could challenge Janish with the loser filling this role. Jamey Carroll certainly isn't any more capable at SS than Rosales or Valiaka. He's probably better than Sutton or Frazier there. Its why I like the idea of Brignac so much. If he doesn't wind up as the SS of the future, his Lefty bat fits well with Phillips and Rolen who both have some pretty big lefty-righty splits and should get their rest when a righty is on the mound. Cozart, who would be the SS of the future if Brignac or whoever acquired doesn't win it, also has some decent lefty-righty splits in the minors.
Cozart in the minors .316/.426/.436/.862 against LHP with only .243/.336/.384/.720 against RHP.
Rolen .374/.459/.591/1.051 vs LHP but only .283/.338/.411/.749 vs RHP.
Phillips .301/.342/.541/.883 vs LHP but only .267/.324/.416/.740 vs RHP.
This team is going to struggle against RHP. A lefty bat who could challenge at SS and play the utility role otherwise is this team's top need IMO. Since most pitchers are RH, it seems like lefty bats should be a higher priority than the often stated need for RH power. Add Gomes, Heisey and even Stubbs and this team has all the RH pop it needs agianst lefty pitching. Its really only Votto and Bruce against RH. Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr are long gone. Its also the reason Danny Dorn should get more love.