Originally Posted by dougdirt
I don't know how true that is. BA had him at 25. Sickels had him unlisted among the top 20 and the "others" which stretched 20 more. I ranked him 34th in my book.
Obviously, BA is highest on him, but I think if you asked JJ Cooper to make an argument for the guy he had at 38, whoever that happened to be, and Lohman, it would be awfully close.
The Reds have a whole lot of guys, depending on how you want to favor different aspects (tools, production, position scarcity), that can be really, really bunched up as a group. That 20-45 range in my opinion is like that. There really isn't much separating them.
When I look at Lohman's pedigree, his high draft status, his performance, and BA's repeated favorable inclusion of him on their various lists, I think at this point he is probably being underrated.
Look, I myself haven't voted for him consistently, maybe it's hyperbole on my part to say he's much better than this. My overall impression is just that he's better than many of us give him credit for around here.
It's interesting because RedsZone tends to underrate middle infielders who are not primarily offensive talents. Cozart as a minor leaguer was IMO not sufficiently appreciated around here. Janish was left off the list entirely one year, as I recall. Both now solid major leaguers, although far from perfect players.
But people should vote for whomever they want. I guess I was just expressing support for this particular player.