Lots of talk on the minor league forum about how this prospect or that prospect is better than this veteran or that veteran. Not so fast.
The Reds have a lot of young players and, almost to a man, they have struggled to succeed at the major league level. It takes time, sometimes exposure to a second or third organization.
I have no doubt that Jay Bruce will be a good major leaguer, and he is so young, but he is hitting .216 with an OBP around .300.
Adam Rosales -- dominated AAA, but after a good start is hitting .223 with a .631 OPS.
Chris Dickerson -- good OBP, knows how to take a walk, great defender. But his .239 BA and .359 SLG are not a good starting player's numbers.
Janish -- great fielder but the hitting is starting to show.
Hanigan -- Of the young hitters, he's shown the most consistency. And as a catcher, his numbers are all the more impressive. .793 OPS. Notably, though, he will be 29 this summer and had a lot of minor league experience.
Pitching -- Cueto is just above and beyond. Of course, he had a rocky first year, lots of homers allowed. It took that year for him to get it together, he has been consistent and tremendous this year. But Volquez took a step back with his control in the second year.
And of the relievers, the mainstays on the staff are veterans. No reliever with limited experience has become a late innings mainstay. Burton slipped back with injury. Perhaps Massett is ready to become an eighth or ninth inning guy, but he is fairly experienced.
Not knocking the young players just commenting that minor league success is only the first step. It's tough out there.