Re: Drafting pitching vs. hitting?
In looking at the Reds three most recent major transactions, it takes multiple top end prospects to get a good pitcher (Alonso, Grandal, Boxberger, Volquez for Latos). Even a good reliever requires surrendering a lot of organizational depth (Wood, Sappelt, Torreyes for Marshall). A top hitter took just one second line prospect and a negative value throw-in (Gregorious and Stubbs for Choo).
One advantage the Cardinals have had on the Reds this year is lots of organizational depth. The Reds basically had to empty the cupboard to get Latos and Marshall and have had to rush guys who just aren't ready when the injury bug hit.
Keep drafting and developing pitchers and this will be a strong team. They can always deal an arm or two to fill holes as long as there are more in the pipeline.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS