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Thread: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

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    Re: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

    Why is MLB.com so bad about listing the correct positions for players? Everyone says LaValley is a 1B, yet MLB.com lists him as a 3B.

    1B makes much more sense. The Reds have a lot of intriguing young 3B in the system such as Seth Meijas-Brean, Tanner Rahier, Kevin Franklin and this year's second-round pick Taylor Sparks. LaValley does seem like a steal in the fourth round, even though he wasn't on BP's top 500 list. Although, perhaps his ranking (lack thereof) was hurt by the fact that he's a year older than your typical HS senior.

    Bottom line: I like the pick a lot. And I don't think getting him to sign instead of playing for free at Oklahoma will be a problem. His tweet makes me even more confident about that.
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    Re: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

    I love guys with outstanding bat speed. Votto ain't going anywhere for the length of his contract, so any 1B has a future of an injury fill-in/PH/occasional inter-league DH. I would expect the Reds to look seriously at trying him at 3B, LF and even Catcher early.

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    Re: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

    In a few years, Votto could be open to playing LF, if his knees allow. Also, a nice bat in this era of low scoring makes great trade bait.
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    Re: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    In a few years, Votto could be open to playing LF, if his knees allow. Also, a nice bat in this era of low scoring makes great trade bait.
    I suppose anything is possible, but why would Votto switch to LF in a few years, in his early 30's, post-knee trouble, if he wouldn't do it in his mid 20's with no injury issues? Seems unlikely.
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    Re: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

    Quote Originally Posted by corkedbat View Post
    I love guys with outstanding bat speed. Votto ain't going anywhere for the length of his contract, so any 1B has a future of an injury fill-in/PH/occasional inter-league DH. I would expect the Reds to look seriously at trying him at 3B, LF and even Catcher early.
    A HS kid from Oklahoma is very likely at least five years from making any kind of big league contribution. While we know what his contract is, who knows what Votto's health situation will be in 2020?

    I can't imagine there is going to be much room for him as a 3B in this system, given the Frazier, Silviero, SMB, Rahier, Sparks, Franklin, Marshall and possibly even Blandino glut.
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    Re: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

    Worry bout the bat first. The position can come later. If he hits a ton they'll find someplace to play him or make a deal.
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    Re: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

    Quote Originally Posted by RedlegJake View Post
    Worry bout the bat first. The position can come later. If he hits a ton they'll find someplace to play him or make a deal.
    That's fair
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    Re: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

    I think the NL is going to adopt the DH relatively soon

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    Re: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

    Quote Originally Posted by RedTeamGo! View Post
    I think the NL is going to adopt the DH relatively soon
    I don;t like it but I agree. It's coming.
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    Re: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

    Quote Originally Posted by RedlegJake View Post
    Worry bout the bat first. The position can come later. If he hits a ton they'll find someplace to play him or make a deal.
    Indeed. With the paucity of power bats in MLB I trust the Reds will have no trouble finding a place for him to play if he can hit.

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    Re: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

    Quote Originally Posted by RedEye View Post
    I suppose anything is possible, but why would Votto switch to LF in a few years, in his early 30's, post-knee trouble, if he wouldn't do it in his mid 20's with no injury issues? Seems unlikely.
    A 32 year old with 10 years MLB experience sees things differently than a 25 year old with just a few years experience. I doubt his knees would allow it, but I can see him mellowing on his stubbornness as he ages.
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    Re: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    A 32 year old with 10 years MLB experience sees things differently than a 25 year old with just a few years experience. I doubt his knees would allow it, but I can see him mellowing on his stubbornness as he ages.
    You mean like KGJ and RF?

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    Re: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

    4th-rder Gavin LaValley's bonus from @Reds = $525k, more than $411,900 pick value at 125. Oklahoma HS 1B w/tremendous bat speed.

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    Re: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

    Great to see him sign. Will be fun to watch.
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    Re: 2014 Reds Fourth Round pick: Gavin LaValley

    He is my FAV pick of the entire draft


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