Three interesting Reds questions today:
Ben (Centerville, OH): Which Reds prospect has been more impressive in the Hawaiian Winter League, Yonder Alonso and his .438 OBP or Todd Frazier with his .593 slg? Could both of them finish 2009 in Cincinnati?
Jim Callis: (1:57 PM ET ) Can I take both? Not sure the Reds would promote either that soon for contract ramifications, but those are the two best prospects in the system and both can hit. Frazier won't be a SS in the majors but I could see him at 3B or in the OF.
Ben (Centerville, OH): You rank Frazier over 3B Neftali Soto who obliterated MWL pitching at 19 years old for the Reds? Soto arguably had a better year in the MWL at the same age than even Jay Bruce did. Less than 17% K rate and a .170+ isolated power.
Jim Callis: (2:00 PM ET ) Personally, I do. I think Soto is going to wind up being a 1B, so I think Frazier will give you a lot more positional value. He's more proven with the bat and may be just as productive as Soto.
Ben (Centerville, OH): Scouts in Arizona are talkin glike Chris Valaika can stick at SS in the majors, does that raise his prospect status if he can play a decent SS with his advanced bat?
Jim Callis: (2:38 PM ET ) Yes it does and I've heard the same thing. Scouts give him a better chance to stick at SS than they did when he signed, and he has hit throughout the minors.