Originally Posted by OGB
The point is that on lists like this, guys like Greene get ranked behind guys like Garret, because people forecast Garret's ceiling as a future Cy Young contender.
And I frankly do not think there is anything wrong with this. I don't understand voting for a guy like Greene here. His ceiling is very low as he was essential an average player in the California league with no tools that project to be plus as a major leaguer. He seems to be the guy who will play in the bigs someday, but he doesn't figure to be anything above replacement value. The Reds could pick up guys like Greene near the major league minimum every year as a free agent.
Amir Garrett has a much lower chance of being a major leaguer than Greene, but if he does pitch in the bigs, he could possibly become a cornerstone-level player. I want to play upside with my minor leaguers. Sign guys who may not be as good now, but have a chance to make hey in the major leagues rather than signing older guys who are better ballplayers now just because it allows your minor league affiliates to win more games. I think the Reds fall in the middle of this strategy, but if it comes to who do I value more, Amir Garrett or Greene, I go to Garrett every time.