Turn Off Ads?
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Quick Recap from Az visit

  1. #1
    Member JaxRed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    Jacksonville, FL
    Posts
    9,508

    Quick Recap from Az visit

    In general stadiums nicer than Fl, the Peoria (SD/Sea) facility is great. The Reds/Indians facilty is in the part of Phx I like best (west of town). Stadium nowhere close to being done. No visible (from street) work being done on Reds part.

    Traffic is murder on the freeways there.

    Not a scout, but couldn't shake the feeling that Stubbs, Valaika and Turner are destined to be 2nd tier guys that compete for roster slots, get some playing time and bounce between majors and minors.

    Brett Wallace of St Louis has HUGE thighs and butt. If there's a hurricane grab on to him. Hits pretty good though.....

    The player that impressed me most? Justin Smoak...... the kid is huge, is super smooth with glove, hits the hell out of the ball. I wish we had taken him.

    The unknown that got my attention was Tyler Flowers a catcher for Braves. That guy can hit and he only played A ball this year. Love to see Reds get him.


    Sorry Should have posted to Minor League forum
    Last edited by JaxRed; 11-05-2008 at 01:07 AM.
    The lowest acceptable payroll amount for ownership to show they are not greedy pigs is 15 million more than they are currently paying. No matter what that currently is.

  2. Turn Off Ads?
  3. #2
    The Boss dougdirt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    35,238

    Re: Quick Recap from Az visit

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    The unknown that got my attention was Tyler Flowers a catcher for Braves. That guy can hit and he only played A ball this year. Love to see Reds get him.
    Flowers is a former PED guy, but the guy can flat out rake it. I was asked to help rank the top catchers under the age of 30 in baseball and had him ranked 15th overall, inlcuding major leaguers.

  4. #3
    BobC, get a legit F.O.! Mario-Rijo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Springfield, Ohio
    Posts
    9,052

    Re: Quick Recap from Az visit

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Flowers is a former PED guy, but the guy can flat out rake it. I was asked to help rank the top catchers under the age of 30 in baseball and had him ranked 15th overall, inlcuding major leaguers.
    Speaking of that Kpresidente brought up a guy who might be a nice solid fit as a platoon partner for Hanigan but doesn't have any more experience than does Hanigan. John Baker of the Marlins, 27 years old but seemingly a similiar player to Hanigan but with more pop & from the left side. Heard of him and if so what do you think as a late alternative to not getting a vet or stud prospect?
    "You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."

    --Woody Hayes

  5. #4
    Administrator Boss-Hog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    Cincinnati, OH
    Posts
    6,074

    Re: Quick Recap from Az visit

    Thanks for the recap, Tom.

  6. #5
    Member redsfandan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    3,562

    Re: Quick Recap from Az visit

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    .....

    The player that impressed me most? Justin Smoak...... the kid is huge, is super smooth with glove, hits the hell out of the ball. I wish we had taken him.
    ....
    wasn't alonso ranked lower than smoak?
    "Now that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy like that."

  7. #6
    Vampire Weekend @Bernie's camisadelgolf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Cincinnati, OH
    Posts
    11,431

    Re: Quick Recap from Az visit

    Quote Originally Posted by redsfandan View Post
    wasn't alonso ranked lower than smoak?
    By most people, yes. They were considered pretty close in talent, but Smoak was normally rated slightly higher.

  8. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Shelburne Falls, MA
    Posts
    10,091

    Re: Quick Recap from Az visit

    By most people, yes. They were considered pretty close in talent, but Smoak was normally rated slightly higher.
    I read somewhere that the intangibles are what separated Alonso from Smoak for the Reds. One thing that appears clear about Alonso is that he works extremely hard.
    "Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini

  9. #8
    The Boss dougdirt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    35,238

    Re: Quick Recap from Az visit

    Quote Originally Posted by redsfandan View Post
    wasn't alonso ranked lower than smoak?
    It was about 60-40 in favor of Smoak. Generally it was noted that Smoak had more power while Alonso had better discipline, but they were both close to the other guy in each respect.

  10. #9
    Member OnBaseMachine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    34,844

    Re: Quick Recap from Az visit

    IIRC there are/were some makeup issues concerning Smoak. Anyway, great report Jax. You lucky guy. How come you didn't catch a flight to Hawaii and give us reports on Alonso and Frazier?
    I miss Adam Dunn.

  11. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    WEST CARROLLTON OHIO
    Posts
    1,281

    Re: Quick Recap from Az visit

    I read that they are having Reds groundbreaking on November 17th


Turn Off Ads?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Board Moderators may, at their discretion and judgment, delete and/or edit any messages that violate any of the following guidelines: 1. Explicit references to alleged illegal or unlawful acts. 2. Graphic sexual descriptions. 3. Racial or ethnic slurs. 4. Use of edgy language (including masked profanity). 5. Direct personal attacks, flames, fights, trolling, baiting, name-calling, general nuisance, excessive player criticism or anything along those lines. 6. Posting spam. 7. Each person may have only one user account. It is fine to be critical here - that's what this board is for. But let's not beat a subject or a player to death, please.

Thank you, and most importantly, enjoy yourselves!


RedsZone.com is a privately owned website and is not affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds or Major League Baseball


Contact us: Boss | GIK | BCubb2003 | dabvu2498 | Gallen5862 | LexRedsFan | Plus Plus | RedlegJake | redsfan1995 | The Operator | Tommyjohn25