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    Biggest weakness in the Reds farm system?

    Pitching? Yeah, you can say Bailey but after that, while there are a few guys...nothing (at least in my opinion) to get too excited about. Even though we do have Arroyo and Harang locked up for a few more years, a new breed of good pitchers needs to come through at some point...

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    Re: Biggest weakness in the Reds farm system?

    I am ok with the pitching depth, but we need a great catcher. We don't even have a GOOD catcher in the organization, including the majors, let along great. I think Arencibia could change that.
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    Re: Biggest weakness in the Reds farm system?

    Pitching is the Reds system strong point. If anything they have serious questions with the Bats. The only 2 bats we know are good are Bruce and Votto. After that there are a bunch of maybes and unprovens.

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    Re: Biggest weakness in the Reds farm system?

    Catching definitely is the weak point just take a look at the depth chart through each level

    AAA- Dan Conway, Ryan Jorgensen, Miguel Perez (injured)
    AA- Ryan Hanigan, John Purdom, J.C. Boscan
    High A- Chris Kroski, Craig Tatum
    A- Eddy Rodriguez, Tony Esquer, Justin Tordi

    1. Miguel Perez
    2. Craig Tatum
    3. Ryan Hanigan
    4. Tony Esquer
    5. Dan Conway
    6. Ryan Jorgensen
    7. Chris Kroski
    8. J.C. Boscan
    9. John Purdom
    10. Eddy Rodriguez
    11. Justin Tordi

    Granted catching is a traditionally shallow position pool anyways but this is a pretty lackluster list.
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    Re: Biggest weakness in the Reds farm system?

    Catching prospects are hard to find in nearly EVERY organization. There just arent many decent catchers around that can hit.

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    Re: Biggest weakness in the Reds farm system?

    Right handed power bat
    The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.

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    Re: Biggest weakness in the Reds farm system?

    As far as I can tell just taking a quick glance at our top prospects. We need everything, not just a singular catching prospect or a power bat.

    WE NEED DEPTH EVERYWHERE.

    I have high hopes for the upcoming draft. We have what, 6 picks in the top 108?

    This years draft should give us a pretty good idea where we're going under Wayne.

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    Re: Biggest weakness in the Reds farm system?

    Quote Originally Posted by 11larkin11 View Post
    I am ok with the pitching depth, but we need a great catcher. We don't even have a GOOD catcher in the organization, including the majors, let along great. I think Arencibia could change that.
    I think Arencibia is a can't miss hitter, but he has allowed a lot of passed balls and has thrown out something like 5 out of 27 baserunners. From what I've read, he has the tools to become a servicable major league catcher (good hands, strong arm, recieves the ball well (whatever that means)), but a move to 1B may be in order due to a lack of agility behind the plate. However, if the Reds could turn him into a decent defensive catcher, he would fill two needs for them, catcher and right-handed power.

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    Re: Biggest weakness in the Reds farm system?

    That's true. The top catching prospect in the minors is Saltalamacchia and he was horrible last year at the plate (although he is off to a torrid start this year - .375/3HR/7RBI.

    What worries about the Reds is their inability to develop the catchers they claim are "major league ready" defensively. Bako in the late '90s . . . Sardinha . . . and now Perez. LaRue was an exception for oh so short of a time.


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