I look at some of the top talent in the minors or new guys in the majors that could have been Reds but management chose to go cheap and we lost out and I think what might have been. I'm not trying to rehash the past. I just got to thinking that our draft choices (or who we thought we were going to draft) actually have been a lot better than shows up in the results....we were just on a budget that didn't include having a minor league system and now it is showing up big time.
Think about a farm system that included:
Based on early indications, the Orioles might be tempted to award their left-field job to Nick Markakis, who reached base in eight of his first nine plate appearances.
Orioles vice-president Jim Duquette is not afraid to push young players — he was an executive with the Mets when the team summoned shortstop Jose Reyes at age 20 in 2003 and third baseman David Wright at 21 in '04.
Reyes had 435 at-bats above Class A when he reached the majors, Wright 337. Markakis, 22, entered pro ball with more experience than those two; he played two years at junior college. Still, he has only 124 at-bats above Class A.
Jeremy Sowers -
The front three of C.C. Sabathia, Cliff Lee and Jake Westbrook won 48 games in '05. GM Mark Shapiro went out and signed Paul Byrd and Jason Johnson to replace Millwood and Elarton and to eat innings and time until the next wave of starters arrives, led by Jeremy Sowers. And it will not be long with Sowers. The sixth pick in the '04 draft out of Vanderbilt has an uncanny ability to throw pitches wherever he wants whenever he wants. The staff even believes he might be better in the majors because he is so capable of executing game plans.
And of course the one that didn't get drafted but everyone thought the Reds were going to sign him (including Scott)
I remember listening to him the day of the draft and he seemed surprised that the Reds passed him up because or his meetings with them. He even suggested that he was looking forward to pitching against them. Most people think their reluctance to draft him was due to his money demands that never existed.
Again I am not trying to live in the past but just got to thinking about what might have been if Carl had invested into the farm instead of into an aging shortstop.
Are there anymore guys that we drafted that didn't sign?
(By the way kudos to the guys who keep up with this stuff on this board. Most of the posters of those in the know were very disappointed that these 3 weren't signed or drafted)