Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.
The Reds depth in the minors is pitching which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Everyone is always looking for pitching. It would be nice if the Reds didn't draft a Dog in the 2nd round this year. I'll give Franklin a pass last year--- but their 2nd round picks the previous 3 drafts brought these awesome hitters. Rahier, Rosa and LaMarre. Of course they got BH and Cozart in the 2nd round the 2 drafts before that-- so fingers crossed they hit on a 2nd round pick this year.
After reading what I wrote-- if the Reds didn't have Winker in their farm system-- I would call the hitting prospects the Reds have as sad. But with 2 solid draft's and international signings,you can replenish your farm system quick. (Not that the Reds have a bad one-- middle of the pack- but just heavy on pitching)
But the good news potentially (for the farm system that is, not the big club) is that the Reds probably can't resign Latos, Leake and Cueto--- and trading someone like Cueto away for Joc Pederson and Corey Seager would really help the Reds out adding a MLb ready OF and a very good SS prospect.
Winker should be ready sometime in 2016.
After him, it's anyone's guess.
Completely disagree with you about Yorman,
1.) He is the 2nd youngest position player in AA. He was born August 15, 1992 while the #1 pick last year Ervin was born July 15, 1992 making Yorman a month younger than Ervin while 2 levels higher.
2.) He can play all 3 out field positions he projects to be able to play good defensively in CF in the majors which is a huge boost.
3.) Guy strained his abs and has been off since then, earlier this year he was hitting over .300 in AA with under a year in AA. Florida is a pitchers league dominated by 22 to 24 year old prospects.
4.) He is still growing into his body.
Doug's take and I agree with him on this is we will bring him up to play outfield and the Reds will not see the full impact of his ability until the 3rd or 4th year. When he hits his prime in his 5th year we will have to make an expensive decision on him, and more than likely his best ball will never be played in Cincinnati. The other issue here is Winkler who projects as a 25/90 guy in the majors and can only play LF. We will have a log jam in 16/17 with Ervin, Yorman, Billy, and Winkler, along with Bruce who is signed.
I think you are underselling Rahier quite a bit, or at least giving up on him too soon.
His plate discipline is much improved so far this season, and he does have a little pop in his bat. He is holding his own in Dayton as a 20 year old, there are worse prospects out there.
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