This is a question for some of the historians on here. If you were to create a Reds three deep depth chart, what would it look like? I'm going to make one based on stats but I'd love to hear from the folks were lucky enough to watch some of these guys in action. Here is my list....feel free to post yours.
Johnny Bench - easy pick here. Hall of Famer. 14 time All-Star. 1968 NL rookie of the year. Twice won the NL MVP. 1976 World Series MVP. Two World Series rings and 10 Gold Glove award winner. 389 career homeruns is most in Reds history.
Ernie Lombardi - another Hall of Famer but not quite as good as Bench. Played for the Reds from 1932-1942. Won the 1940 World Series. 8-time All-Star selections. 1938 NL MVP. Career .306/.357/.460 hitter with 190 carere homeruns.
Bubbles Hargrave - this spot come down to Smoky Burgess and Hargrave and I gave the edge to Hargrave who is a career .310/.363/.452 hitter. Hargrave won the 1926 NL batting title with a .353 batting average.
Tony Perez - Hall of Famer. Two World Series titles with Reds. 7-time All-Star selections. 1967 All-Star game MVP. Third most homeruns in Reds history with 287.
Ted Kluszewski - A four-time All-Star who averaged 43 homeruns a year from 1953-1956. Holds the Reds single season homerun record for a left handed hitter with 49 homeruns in 1954. His 251 homeruns as a Red are the fifth most in team history.
Lee May - Two time All-Star as a Red. Three consecutive 30+ homerun seasons with the Reds from 1969-1971. Finished 12th in MVP voting in 1971. Reds Hall of Famer.
Joe Morgan - easy selection here. Hall of Famer. 10-time All-Star selections. Two times World Series champ and two time NL MVP. 1972 All-Star game MVP. Career .271/.392/.427 hitter.
Bid McPhee - Spent all 18 of his major league seasons with the Reds. Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2000. Hit .271/.355/.372 for his career. Owns the second most career walks in Reds history and is the Reds all-time stolen base leader with 568 stolen bases.
Johnny Temple - Played from 1952-1959 with Reds. Four time All-Star and finished 14th in MVP voting in 1958.
Barry Larkin - Obviously a great position in Reds history but Larkin tops the list for me. He's one of the few on this list I've actually seen play and he was always a favorite of mine. 12-time All-Star selections. 1995 NL MVP. First 30/30 shortstop in baseball history. Three Gold Gloves and 1990 World Series winner.
Dave Concepcion - Probably would rank number one in most organizations but not the Reds. Five time Gold Glover and one of the best defensive shortstops of all time. 9-time All-Star and two time World Series winner.
Leo Cardenas - five time All-Star and 1965 Gold Glove winner. Led the league in 1965 and 1966 in intentional walks. He tied an AL record for assists by a shortstop in 1969 (570). Member of Reds Hall of Fame.
Pete Rose - Rose could probably be placed at 1B or LF but he played 634 career games at 3B so I'll put him here. All-time hit leader. 17-time All-Star and 1973 NL MVP winner. Also won two gold gloves in LF in 1969 and 1970. Led NL in OBP twice.
Heinie Groh - 1919 World Series champion with the Reds. Played from 1913-1921 with Reds. Career .292/.373/.384 hitter.
Billy Werber - Third base may be the weakest position in Reds history. Werber is Reds Hall of Famer though he only spent three seasons with the Reds from 1939-1941. Won the 1940 World Series.
Frank Robinson - easy choice here. In the baseball Hall of Fame. His 324 homeruns rank second most in Reds history. 1956 NL rookie of the year. Two time MVP including one with the Reds. 14-time All-Star. Seventh most homeruns in baseball history with 586. Highest OPS in Reds history at .943.
Adam Dunn - only the second player on this chart that I've seen play. Dunn ranks fourth on the Reds all-time homerun list with 256 homeruns and counting. Also ranks sixth in walks with 738 and second in team OPS at .898 only behind Frank Robinson.
George Foster - 5-time All-Star and 1977 NL MVP award winner. Sixth most homeruns in Reds history with 244 and holds the Reds single season homerun record with 52 homeruns in 1977.
Eric Davis - Two time All-Star and three time Gold Glove winner. If not for injuries would probably have been in Cooperstown. Owns the fourth highest OPS in Reds history at .877. Had one of the greatest seasons in Reds history in 1987 with a .293/.399/.593 statline and 37 homeruns/50 stolen bases. One of the best athletes I've seen.
Edd Roush - this was a tough decision for me but I chose to put Davis at number one. Roush is in Cooperstown. He was considered one of the best hitters during the Deadball Era. Spent the majority of his career with the Reds finished with a career .323/.369/.446 line. His .331 batting average with the Reds is the second best in team history.
Cy Seymour - Played for the Reds from 1902-1906. His .332 batting average is the highest in Reds history. He won the NL batting title in 1905 with a .377 batting average.
Wally Post - Played for the Reds 1949,1951-1957, 1960-1963. He hit a combined 76 homeruns in 1955 and 1956 and finished 12th in MVP voting in 1955.
Ival Goodman - Played from 1935 to 1942 with the Reds. Two time All-Star in 1938 and 1939 and finished second in homeruns in 1938 with 30 homers.
Ken Griffey Sr - Three time All-Star and finished eighth in MVP voting in 1976. He hit .303 in 1,224 games for the Reds, six times hit at least .300 and three times recorded at least 20 stolen bases in a season.
Right-Handed Starting Pitchers
Paul Derringer - third most wins in Reds history. Had four 20-win seasons with the Reds and won the 1940 World Series. Six time All-Star.
Bucky Walters - During the Reds two pennants in 1939-40, Walters went 49-21 with a 2.38 ERA. His 160 wins rank as the 4th most in Reds history. He's a seven time All-Star and won the 1939 NL MVP.
Ewell Blackwell - Six time All-Star and three times finished in the top five in ERA.
Left-Handed Starting Pitchers
Eppa Rixey - most wins in Reds history with 179. Rixey had an amazing 290 career complete games and a 3.15 ERA.
Noodles Hahn - 2.55 career ERA is 46th best all-time.
Johnny Vander Meer - only pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters. WOn 1940 World Series and led the National League in strikeouts (202, 186 & 174) in 1941, 1942 and 1943.