Despite the title Iíve given this thread there are two reasons I havenít yet given up on the 2007 Reds, First itís hardly possible the hitting and fielding weíve seen in the last 14 games can continue all year. Secondly the starting pitching has been remarkably good so far. So, if the hitting and fielding return to expected norms and the starting pitching doesnít, thereís hope.
Regardless of what happens the rest of this year, I havenít been as optimistic about the near term future of this club since the days of the BRM.
1. Minor leagues - Iíve been a Reds fan since 1939 and Iíve never seen a Reds farm system as deep and talented as the current one. Listed below are players in the farm system, in no particular order(Iím sure Iíve missed a few), who have the potential to be real contributors at the ML level. A dozen of them have all star potential. Sure they wonít all realize their potential but if even one third do so weíll have a great influx of young talent to the Reds w/i 1-3 years. In addition, our extra high draft choices this year could keep the reinforcements coming.
2. Young core - although everyone is currently struggling on the ML level, the reds have a young core most of whom I expect to be very good for several years(see below).
Adam Dunn(? Age, salary)
David Ross(? Who is the real David Ross)
3. Salary relief - Between Griffey, Milton, our senior citizen bullpen, and Dunn(if we donít resign him) the Reds have more than $20M($30 if we let Dunn go) of salary relief in the next two years which can be used to plug any holes our core and minor leagues can't fill(catcher?)
At least for me, the agony of the Reds current streak of poor play is tempered considerably by what looks like a bright future.