He's the forgotten casualty of "The Trade."
In my opinion, it was WAY too early to give up on him. He's a first-rounder, just llike the centerpiece in our haul from our nation's capital, Mr. Bill Bray.
Most Reds' fans hated losing Lopez and Kearns for the guys we got in return. The two of them would have been overly sufficient for the players we eventually received. Throwing in Ryan Wagner was just stupid. NO one can convince me he was a deal-breaker on Bowden's end and, on Krivsky's end, there does not appear to have been a deal-breaker. He'd have given and given until our bullpen needs were addressed.
It is wrong for me to root against Ryan as he did not ask to be traded (to my knowledge), and he is, by all accounts, a nice guy. Still, early returns from this trade have been abyssmal (See: Majewski, Gary), and success on the ML Level by Wagner might just destroy Reds' fans morale.