Originally Posted by Tuff Nut
Im glad to hear that we have college player killing it.......I'm more worried about what we thought we might have, in those that are still stuck in low A.....Gelalich..Mejas-Brean....these dudes should at the least be on AA radar. 3-4 years college players that are drafted in the first 3 rounds, that can't crack AA in year 2, need to find another day job, imho. Maybe they are slow learners, but they more than often, are left holding the bag.
That simply isn't how the Reds promote guys. It also is because the Reds typically start college players in Low-A for their first full season, unlike a lot of teams. And Mejias-Brean was an 8th rounder.
Going back to 2006 here is where Top 3 round college hitters have finished (minimum 50 ABs):
A: Stubbs, Frazier, Cozart,
A+: Valaika, Lohman, LaMarre,
AA: Alonso, Grandal
The Reds are a "slow promote" organization. It really takes an elite level prospect (Top 25 in all of baseball) to get a quick promotion schedule (Bruce, Alonso, Grandal). Couple that with how they set guys up with their first full season assignment and it just doesn't work that way often in the Reds system.