Originally Posted by redsmetz
I'm not sure of the point you're making. I'm guessing these are Reds developed players who are currently playing in the big leagues. The fourteen I've highlighted in bold are on our current 25 man roster (save Votto, now on the DL). That's over half that of our current team developed by us and many are integral to us being in 1st place. Are you suggesting that this is somehow mediocre? Presently 13 of our 25 man roster are homegrown and it will go to 14 when Joey's activated (I'm assuming that the player sent down will be one of the guys not originally with the Reds). I'm just now sure how that's not a good thing.
If we start from the current 25 man roster plus Votto, there are 14 players the Reds can truly claim as homegrown -- either drafted (11) or signed as undrafted FAs (Hanigan) or from Latin America (Chapman, Cueto).
There are seven players the Reds acquired in trade. Of those seven, four were acquired in deals where the Reds gave up virtually all homegrown players:
* Phillips (acquired for Jeff Stevens, a Reds draftee)
* Valdez (acquired for Jeremy Horst, ditto)
* Latos (acquired for Alonso, Boxberger, Grandal, all draftees, plus Volquez who was more of a throw-in)
* Marshall (acquired for Torreyes, Wood, and Sappelt)
Rolen was acquired for a Reds draftee in Zach Stewart and a guy the Reds acquired very young in Encarnacion. Homegrown talent Austin Kearns was the lynchpin of the deal that brought Bray.
The remaining five players were acquired via waiver or free agency, with the only one requiring any substantial outlay being Ryan Ludwick (at $2.5M which is peanuts for an MLB team).
You would have to conclude that the Reds have been extraordinarily shrewd in building a club from the inside-out over the last half-decade.