Man, that was one of the best games of the season.. I was nervous the whole time. Great job by the Reds to win that. Nice to see so many guys contribute to a great win.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
Jerry Crasnick over at ESPN is advocating trading Jameson Taillon (#20 prospect in MLB), Gregory Polanco (#55), Tony Sanchez and a C grade lefty prospect for Giancarlo Stanton. I think that is too much. I'd love to get Stanton, but I'm not willing to give up both Polanco and Taillon.
But, this offense is bad. I think our pitching can carry us to a .500 record (especially when A.J. and Wandy come off the DL), but unless McCutchen, Walker, Alvarez, and Jones start hitting, playoffs aren't in the cards.
Polanco was an IFA, signed a couple of years ago. He had a big year last year in Low A, his first year stateside. He had another big first half of the year in High A. They recently promoted him to AA and he's off to a great start there as well. He's still young, and a true five-tool prospect. He'll probably succeed McCutchen in CF in a couple of years.
Taillon was the #2 guy drafted after Harper. Also is doing very well. Fastball can touch triple digits. He pitched for Canada in the WBC and did very well against Team USA.
Sanchez was the #4 pick in the draft in maybe 2008 or so. He was slowed by injury (took a fastball off the face and it shattered his jaw). But, he's done well offensively, and plays very good defense at a premium position (catcher).
It's easy to overvalue prospects, as I'm sure you all are aware. These guys could become perennial all-stars, or they could all bust. But, I don't like the idea of trading away a potential top of the rotation starter AND a five-tool center fielder, even if it is for a talent like Stanton. I could stomach parting with one, but probably not both. I just think that for a small market team like Pittsburgh, you have to keep turning out prospects. The fact that the previous management team didn't understand this is why they are in a 20 year losing streak.
I was actually being more ironic about the fact that it could be the Reds offense he could be talking about as well.
Sure...it is better than the Pirates......but there are games upon games were you wonder who besides the big 4 will do anything of substance.
Sometimes at some point...you have to make a trade and deal with the fact some prospects will go elsewhere and flourish. Stanton would be a big pick up.