Originally Posted by redsfandan
You know there's no way to look in the future 5-10 years. Considering that the Reds '09 draft was pretty good it's possible that they'd move up a spot or two. Add in the international signings and we could easily have one of the top 10 farm systems. I'd say that's pretty good. I'm sure in 5-10 years we'll be looking at how we rank again. But until then I'm pretty happy about how the farm system has improved. Aren't you?
Am I happy about how the farm system has improved? 'Happy' doesn't even begin to cover it . . .
Save for just a few individuals, the Reds organization is almost completely rid of all ties to Bowden, and I couldn't be happier about it. During his tenure, the Reds had some of the worst drafts in baseball history. It's a good thing he was a good snake oil salesman because if he remained GM without that lone quality, the Reds might not be in Cincinnati anymore. Maybe that's a stretch, but the Reds organization of today has a million times more reason for hope than any from the Bowden-era Reds since GABP opened.
Dan O'Brien had what I would call a 'decent' draft and a 'good' draft, but even though they weren't spectacular, they were still two of the best drafts the Reds had had in quite some time. Then Wayne Krivsky came along and brought some of his people on board, and that's when I noticed the farm system really start to pick up. I'm especially excited about the 2007 draft class.
Anyway, I'm thrilled with the talent in the organization at this point, and I can't wait to see how it all develops. However, to my original post in this thread, I think it's way too premature to grade a draft merely three or four years after it happened. Over the years, I can't count how many times I've seen a prospect go from one of the top prospects in baseball to being no more than AAA fodder over the span of just a couple years. I have faith that winning baseball will come to Cincinnati thanks to the homegrown talent, but I also keep in mind that many of our top prospects will be lucky to have roster spots in just a few years.