Crow's mechanics are as bad as advertised, but I wouldn't pull my pitchfork out of the shed if the Reds drafted him. He's really good, and if he throws only 500 innings in the Major Leagues before his first major arm surgery, as long as he pitches average or better, I think it's still a good draft pick.
The Reds need to steal some pitching coaching from organizations that have been successful.
Who's on first?
If the Reds give a 15th rounder a $10,000 signing bonus who ends up being a late-inning defensive replacement for a few years, I think that was a very good draft pick. Part of my logic comes from the fact that the overwhelming majority of draft picks never even play a single game in the Major Leagues.
If the season ended today, the Reds would draft 8th next year.
Seems like Washington, San Diego and Seattle will almost surely get the 1st 3 picks in some order. The other spots, to varying degrees, seem to be a bit more up for grabs.
Grant Green was named the best prospect in the Cape Cod League today by Baseball America. One scouting director compared him to a mix between Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria. I would love to see the Reds get him but it's not going to happen unless the Reds lose about 25 games in a row. I'd say Strasburg and Green will go 1-2 in the draft.
Ryan Jackson is a shortstop from Miami Springs, FL with a lean athletic build at 6-2, 170 lbs. excellent hands, very accurate, quick strong arm, good feet, nice turns on DP's, outstanding actions and body control, switch hitter, line drive swing plane, good bat speed, hits good pitching, potential to hit for power down the road, one of the top defensive infielders in the country, big time prospect, good student
Jackson's from a top college program. Espinosa was a high schooler (and his defense was considered a bit suspect).sounds eerily similar to the pre-draft scouting report on David Espinosa
Very intrigued by the bat of Dustin Ackley, a pure LH hitter from UNC. Rated #2 prospect on the Cape. Sounds like the kid can really rake, and there's talk of moving him to CF. There are going to be some nice arms there for the Reds, too, probably high schoolers.
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
Where do the Reds stand at now in Draft order? Is it 8th pick so far?