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    Drafting a catcher

    The Reds system is almost bare of quality catching. How about a catcher with their first pick?

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    Re: Drafting a catcher

    The Reds just need to take the best player, they need help in all areas. The have more top quality then they've had in while but they are lacking in quantity.
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    Re: Drafting a catcher

    Catcher is the one position that holds more 'total bust' risk than high school pitching. The only way I take a catcher in the 1st round is if his bat is good enough to get him drafted as a first baseman. Problem is, guys like Joe Mauer only show up once every 10 years or so.

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    Re: Drafting a catcher

    Im not disagreeing with anything you say, but we need some quality catching in our minor league system. Maybe not with the first pick, but we should have some catchers in the June draft.

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    Re: Drafting a catcher

    I agree about the bust potential with catchers, but with the extra early picks I'd like to see at least one go toward a solid all-around catching prospect.

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    Re: Drafting a catcher

    Quote Originally Posted by corkedbat View Post
    I agree about the bust potential with catchers, but with the extra early picks I'd like to see at least one go toward a solid all-around catching prospect.
    Problem is all around catchers come around twice in a generation maybe. Hitting catchers usually cant play defense. Good defensive catchers hit like Chad Moeller. I will be happy as long as we take the best player available.

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    Re: Drafting a catcher

    I would never take a catcher in the first 3 rounds. Just think how little it costs to sign a good free agent catcher compared to a good free agent pitcher.

    Benjie Molina - 3 years, $16,000,000 or 5.3 million/year

    Ted Lilly - 4 years, $40,000,000 or 10 million/year
    Jeff Suppan - 4 years, $42,000,000 or 10.5 million/year

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    Re: Drafting a catcher

    Here's an interesting perspective that I think proves the point of those who say you're better off not drafting a catcher in the 1st round. Here's the list of Reds selected catchers who played with our club since Johnny Bench came along and where they were drafted.

    Jason LaRue 5th round
    Dane Sardinha 2nd round
    Miguel Perez Free Agent

    Eddie Taubensee 6th round *
    Joe Oliver 2nd round
    Dan Wilson 1st round **

    Terry McGriff 8th round
    Steve Christmas Free Agent
    Johnny Bench 2nd round

    * Drafted by the Reds, traded away and then returned after starting his career elsewhere

    ** Drafted by the Reds, short call up then traded to Seattle where he had a decent career

    Free Agent here means they signed their first professional contract with the Reds, not through the draft.
    The most solid of these for the Reds, aside from HOF'er JB were Oliver, Taubensee and LaRue. Since Bench, we've probably had as many catchers come from elsewhere than we've developed.

    (An aside, the drafting of Sardinha in 2000 was an absolute disaster. Along with the 1st round pick, both signed major league contracts and we ended up losing both - really just a horrible draft. I just checked to see players drafted after Sardinha - the one that jumped out at me in the 3rd round was Grady Sizemore. And we took another player in the 2nd round too - Ryan Snare - ugh, what a terrible year in the draft for us)
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    Re: Drafting a catcher

    I hope this link works, but here's one catcher that could be a possibility, though I don't know when he would be a reasonable pick. I think the 42nd round pick from last year was because he had made it clear he was returing to school for his senior year. He seems to be a good hitter, though I know nothing of his defensive skills.


    http://www.ukathletics.com/index.php...ange_well_id=2

    This year, his numbers are .348, .438, .618, 9 HRs, 58 RBIs in 178 abs.

    This link shows his full stats: http://www.ukathletics.com/stats/200...l/teamcume.htm

    At least Sean Coughlin could be a name to keep in mind for the draft.

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    These are all good points.That being said, weneed young catchers drafted. I would be as willing to have one drafted in the 1st round as in the 42nd round, but we need some quality prospects at the catching position. If we could sign a young quality catcher as a free agent, I would not be against that.

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    Re: Drafting a catcher

    Here's an article on Coughlin which says he could have been picked in the top 10 rounds last year, so perhaps he would be a candidate for a similar slot now.

    Coughlin Article

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    Re: Drafting a catcher

    I like what I've read about Danny Rams, and Keith Law's latest projection shows that he should be available at pick 53 for the Reds. A high school kid, though, so by the time he's ready it might not be a need any more, though I suspect it will.

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    Re: Drafting a catcher

    he reminds me by looking at his picture of the Yankees catcher..Posada!

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    Re: Drafting a catcher

    What I don't understand is why more guys aren't attempted to converting them into catchers. As bad as the Reds depth at catcher is - you'd think they would as an organization identify what skills are important to catchers and see where they could do some shifting.

    HS coaches don't always have the kids in their best positions.

    Russ Martin - probably one of the best young catchers in the game, was drafted as 3rd baseman and moved - the Dodgers saw his potential and moved him immediately. We need more of that.

    That's why I do like the Buckley style of draft guys who can play in the middle and figure out later where the chips fall. You can always move guys from the middle (2B, SS, CF) elsewhere, but it's nearly impossible to go the other direction.

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    Re: Drafting a catcher

    We drafted Bench; we may never find another Bench, but we can find another good catcher.


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