Originally Posted by RedEye
Really? That's not what I thought, obviously. Now that I think about it a bit, I think three years would probably about the latest you could stretch the word "quickly" in this context. After that, there's pretty much no way to argue that Ervin is being moved through the system as a priority. Obviously, his performance at each level will have something to say about that, too.
Seems to me, though, that when they draft college OF, the Reds are often pretty sure about the tools and how the will play in the majors. Stubbs, for example, never really did much in the minors, but had a few skills that they new would play, so they kept on promoting him anyway.
Stubbs third year in the minors, he went from high A all the way through each level to triple A in one season. Of course season 1 was rookie ball, I think.
Bruce played rookie ball, then spent his second season at A. Then his third season jumped from high A, to double A to triple A by season's end. Fourth season played 49 games at triple A and then got the call up.
Grandal played rookie ball his first season. Second season started in high A, and progressed all the way to triple A in one season batting a combined .305 with 14 HR's. Got traded in the offseason.
Alonso only played 6 games his rookie season. Second season jumped all the way to double A. Third season double A and triple A.