Always like to get the draft talk started early -- we're well within six months of the Reds taking the overall #7 pick, so we're getting there...
Here's a nice list from brewerfan.net -- you can read more about each player on that site.
I'm a BPA guy for the most part, but I think the team is now in such a good position with young arms that it's reasonable to consider drafting a bat that could emerge while the young arms are settling into what could be a very solid rotation. In that vein, several nice LH bats may be sitting there -- Smoak, Alonso, Hosmer. Keep in mind that soon Griffey (and maybe Dunn) will be gone, and the system features only the likes of Dorn, Francisco and Fiorentino (while looking pretty good from the right side). Having big LH power in GAB is nice -- should the team snag one of these guys?01 Alvarez, Pedro 3B L/R 6-2/225 Vanderbilt
02 Matusz, Brian LHP L/L 6-4/193 San Diego
03 Crow, Aaron RHP R/R 6-2/205 Missouri
04 Melville, Tim RHP R/R 6-5/205 HS
05 Hosmer, Eric 1B L/L 6-4/210 HS
06 Alonso, Yonder 1B L/R 6-2/215 Miami
07 Smoak, Justin 1B S/L 6-3/200 South Carolina
08 Cole, Gerrit RHP R/R 6-3/190 HS
09 Beckham, Tim SS R/R 6-2/190 HS
10 Meyer, Alex RHP R/R 6-7/200 HS
11 St. Clair, Cole LHP L/L 6-5/225
12 Skipworth, Kyle C L/R 6-3/195 HS
13 Martinez, Harold 3B R/R 6-3/185 HS
14 Hicks, Aaron CF S/R 6-1/160 HS
15 Friedrich, Christian LHP R/L 6-3/210 Eastern Kentucky
16 Martin, Ethan 3B R/R 6-3/200 HS
17 Ross, Tyson RHP R/R 6-6/230 California
18 Thompson, Jacob RHP R/R 6-6/200 Virginia
19 Galloway, Isaac CF R/R 6-3/190 HS
20 Crawford, Brandon SS L/R 6-2/200 UCLA
I'm very intrigued by the two shortstops -- Beckham and Crawford. Crawford is a LH bat with lots of tools coming off a bad Cape Cod summer. The recent BA college chat noted that he has something to prove this year and could move himself into the top of round 1 if he plays well at UCLA. I have to think that with the apparent lack of dominant arms at the top, hot position players are going to come off the board fast. But I'd be quite pleased if either of these shortstops ends up in Cincy (provided Crawford has at least a decent junior year and doesn't seem like a reach).
Interested in others' thoughts.