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    Looking back at Krivsky 2006 draft

    Since the Reds draft in a few weeks I just wanted to post a quick review of last years draft. Just a phenominal first year IMO. O Brien had some pretty good drafts (Bailey, Bruce) Krivsky clearly raised the bar though. Just looking at Dayton stats and just about every draft pick on that team is clearly a legit hitting prospect even down to kids like Phipps and Heisley. Then the top 4 pitching prospects have unreal WHIPs.

    Jordan Smith 0.95
    Sean Watson 0.98
    Rafael Gonzalez 1.11
    Travis Webb 0.99

    Someone mentioned in another thread that Turner has passed Valaika, Turner IMO was the guy I felt was going to be the leader of this bunch because of his outstanding leadership. I also felt that after watching Stubbs and Turner both clearly the leaders of their college teams and leading their teams into the college world series (Turner taking his team to the final 4) that they would (despite the criticism of a few on why we drafted Stubbs) be solid blue chip prospects. Basically all Im saying is Krivsky deserves a lot of credit for putting a A+ draft together in 2006.

    http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/team/draft.jsp?c_id=cin
    2006 Draft Picks
    Robert A Stubbs
    Sean D Watson
    Christopher A Valaika
    Justin J Reed
    Joshua J Ravin
    Jordan Smith
    Justin M Turner
    Travis S Webb
    Jeremy Burchett
    Joshua J Roenicke
    Brandon S Rice
    Logan Parker
    Kevin Gunter
    Carson Kainer
    Rafael Sanchez
    Jamie L Arneson
    Chris J Heisey
    Derrik L Lutz
    Eddy Rodriguez
    Christopher M White
    Adam T Pointer
    Tony B Brown
    Anthony P Esquer
    Michael L Mckennon
    Anthony Gressick
    Keltavious A Jones
    Tyler S Hauschild
    Jason Louwsma
    Ronald L Tabor
    Eric B Schaler
    Daniel C Dorn
    Justin D Curry
    Benjamin Ihde
    John P Touchton
    Nicholas D Wandless
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    Re: Looking back at Krivsky 2006 draft

    Those pitchers look great until you realize that they are college guys playing in low A. They are, at this point, where you would hope they'd be. If they weren't pitching well then you'd be worried.

    Btw, Gonzalez was an O'Brien draft pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edabbs44 View Post
    Those pitchers look great until you realize that they are college guys playing in low A. They are, at this point, where you would hope they'd be. If they weren't pitching well then you'd be worried.
    And yet most of the guys that they play against are more college kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    And yet most of the guys that they play against are more college kids.
    Am I crazy, or have you made that observation before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    Am I crazy, or have you made that observation before?
    You my friend are actually NOT crazy. I have made that observation several times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    And yet most of the guys that they play against are more college kids.
    I know I'm making a big generalization here, but...if a college kid is in low A ball for any extended period of time, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that they are up against the odds of making an impact during their careers.

    Looking at Dayton's opponent today (Clinton Lumberkings), 8 of the 13 position players on their roster are over the age of 21. They are:

    David Peterson: .657 OPS
    Mauro Gomez: .546 OPS
    Jay Heafner: .537 OPS
    Grant Gerrard: .586 OPS
    Craig Gentry: .703 OPS
    Wally Backman III: .577 OPS
    KC Herren: 1.012 OPS
    Chad Tracy: .795 OPS

    Not exactly Murderer's Row. There's a reason why these guys are where they are. I know it's only one team and I know that there are probably some better college guys in Low A than these guys (i.e., Stubbs), but I'm not going to get all giddy about college guys pitching really well in Low A and deeming WK a mastermind because of this.

    By the way...Zach Ward was a 22 year old in Dayton last season. 7-0, 2.25 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. Dealt at the deadline for good ol' Kyle Lohse. Seems to be pitching pretty well in High A for Minny right now. He was moved to a relief role. 2.70 ERA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edabbs44 View Post
    I know I'm making a big generalization here, but...if a college kid is in low A ball for any extended period of time, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that they are up against the odds of making an impact during their careers.

    Looking at Dayton's opponent today (Clinton Lumberkings), 8 of the 13 position players on their roster are over the age of 21. They are:

    David Peterson: .657 OPS
    Mauro Gomez: .546 OPS
    Jay Heafner: .537 OPS
    Grant Gerrard: .586 OPS
    Craig Gentry: .703 OPS
    Wally Backman III: .577 OPS
    KC Herren: 1.012 OPS
    Chad Tracy: .795 OPS

    Not exactly Murderer's Row. There's a reason why these guys are where they are. I know it's only one team and I know that there are probably some better college guys in Low A than these guys (i.e., Stubbs), but I'm not going to get all giddy about college guys pitching really well in Low A and deeming WK a mastermind because of this.

    By the way...Zach Ward was a 22 year old in Dayton last season. 7-0, 2.25 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. Dealt at the deadline for good ol' Kyle Lohse. Seems to be pitching pretty well in High A for Minny right now. He was moved to a relief role. 2.70 ERA.
    I think its just silly to be down on someone because they are succeeding against the competition they are playing against when they simply have no control over who they play against. They are told where they will play, and they have no choice over it. Its not as if they are playing against a bunch of 18 and 19 year olds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    I think its just silly to be down on someone because they are succeeding against the competition they are playing against when they simply have no control over who they play against. They are told where they will play, and they have no choice over it. Its not as if they are playing against a bunch of 18 and 19 year olds.
    I'm not down on any of those pitchers. But I'm also not saying that the '06 draft was a huge success based on the performances of these pitchers.

    The argument about them having no control overwhere they play has limited to no merit. We're not judging the character of these players...we are trying to evaluate the future of these guys. Just because they have no control over where they play doesn't make them any more of a prospect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edabbs44 View Post
    I'm not down on any of those pitchers. But I'm also not saying that the '06 draft was a huge success based on the performances of these pitchers.

    The argument about them having no control overwhere they play has limited to no merit. We're not judging the character of these players...we are trying to evaluate the future of these guys. Just because they have no control over where they play doesn't make them any more of a prospect.
    It doesn't make them any less of a prospect either though, which is the point I was trying to make. Take Jay Bruce for example, last year somehow Andrew McCutchen vaulted over him toward the end of the year because he had 2 good weeks in a AA callup. Of course now McCutchen isnt hitting .200 in AA and Jay Bruce is doing things at historic levels in the FSL. No one is going to say that the 2006 draft is a success this early, but it is showing signs of being good.

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    Maybe I was over zealous in my comments, but the stats are the stats. If they didnt post those super low way way below average WHIPs then I wouldnt be posting this, but they did and Ive had (thanks to Time Warner) a chance to see these kids and theyre pitching their azzes off and theyre hitting ball around 5th 3rd park like nobodys business. So basically Im just saying kudos to Krivsky. You think they suck I do not.

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    By the way...Zach Ward was a 22 year old in Dayton last season. 7-0, 2.25 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. Dealt at the deadline for good ol' Kyle Lohse. Seems to be pitching pretty well in High A for Minny right now. He was moved to a relief role. 2.70 ERA.
    And the odds remain long that Ward will ever be as good as Lohse. I say that was a good trade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osuceltic View Post
    And the odds remain long that Ward will ever be as good as Lohse. I say that was a good trade.
    I'd rather have Ward's future than Lohse's present any day. The guy is a disaster and, even if Ward doesn't pan out, he wouldn't have cost $6-7 million for 1 1/3 years of mediocrity, at best.

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    http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47064

    Just wanted to post a link. Makes for some interesting reading, on the thoughts about last years draft real time.
    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: Looking back at Krivsky 2006 draft

    Quote Originally Posted by edabbs44 View Post
    I'd rather have Ward's future than Lohse's present any day. The guy is a disaster and, even if Ward doesn't pan out, he wouldn't have cost $6-7 million for 1 1/3 years of mediocrity, at best.
    You can't have it both ways.

    Either you can go with Elizardo Ramirez and keep Ward, or you can have the good second half last year and good April this year that Lohse has given us for a Low-A prospect.

    There aren't starting pitchers hanging out on trees out there that you can just plunk off and stick into the starting lineup. You have to give up something. And Ward was clearly replaceable through the 2006 and 2007 draft.
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    Re: Looking back at Krivsky 2006 draft

    I agree every starter that has a decent record in our system isnt going to make the big club, thats reality. May as well trade them for usuable pieces along the way. It kills me when fans call GMs on the carpet for making a trade and then root for the guy traded, hoping one day he comes back to haunt us. Its nuts, major league teams trade their own every year we are no different than anyone else.


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