Originally Posted by j_m_t_us
If your a No. 1 or sandwich pick and do so poorly in the rookie league, I wouldnt put Gelalich in the top 25. Normally most position players drafted at that level go dircectly to low-A right out of the draft.
Steve covered some of what I wanted to say, but I wanted to also add that no, not in the Reds system do our picks normally go directly to Low-A. With how late some of these guys sign, it isn't always a fair comparison, But for the most part, the Reds have sent top 3 round college guys to Billings the year they were drafted. The guys who they sent to full season ball have mostly performed incredibly poor, with only Ryan LaMarre cracking a .700 OPS (.767 with Dayton in 2010). Zack Cozart and Brodie Greene both struggled mightily with their full season promotion right out of college. Another thing to factor in is the guys who are ahead of them. Gelalich is a corner outfielder. Dayton had Yorman Rodriguez and Kyle Waldrop playing their corners. Those guys are both prospects, they weren't going to get bumped to DH. There is no rush.