Originally Posted by nmculbreth
I totally agree with the first part. I think the Reds system has plenty of decent prospects, what seems to be lacking are the high ceiling prospects that have the potential to develop into impact players on the ML level or highly coveted trade chips. I'd like to see the Reds be aggressive and target some high ceiling talent, rather than looking to target high floor players who figure to be average.
From looking over all of the top prospect lists going into the season, the one thing that struck me is the abundance of pitching prospects and the dearth of high-ceiling bats. There just aren't a ton of elite bats in the minors and all things considered I'd like to see the Reds add more high ceiling hitters, even if it means drafting corner OFs and corner IFs. If the Reds have the opportunity to draft a Troy Tulowitzki or Manny Machado, that's one thing but I wouldn't draft a slick fielding, average hitting SS over a corner OF / IF that can mash.
I get the logic, but if there are 3 or 4 SS who all project to be in the 10 to 20 range, I wouldn't pass them to take a Corner Bat who projects to the 30 to 40 range. If these are all fairly equal as prospect rankings go, well then big bats are pretty valuable too.