Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
Too much. The Reds don't have much power in the minors after these two. If Votto or Bruce or Rolen goes down, you need a stick behind them -- whether it's this year or beyond.
I think you may be valuing those guys a bit more than they're worth. I've been less than impressed with the performances of both Alonso and Francisco, and I'm not very high on their long-term potential.
It's an interesting twist of events; the Reds haven't been able to develop pitching for well ... eternity. But suddenly now I'm more confident in their pitching prospects than their hitting prospects.