"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."
On Ondrusek can someone give me some info on what he throws? For whatever reason he is one that just slipped under my radar.
I don't know about Dorn Gomes but Dorn/Balentein could be intriguing.
Not inclined to give Valaika protection, as I think there's slim chance he'll be taken. Almost all the action is about pitchers. For teams looking for position players there have to be people farther along than Valaika. Coming off the kind of season he's having in AAA, I just don't think there'd be a lot of danger in exposing him.
Valaika, like others, has a history of breaking in slowly to new levels. It's just development, he'll do better next year.
He won't be exposed and I doubt Watson or Valiquette will be exposed. The Reds will make room for all their high level prospects on the forty man roster.
There are some pretty d--- good position players in that draft every year that don't even get a whiff. I hope we can protect Valaika but I'd certainly protect a number of pitchers before him. And I really don't consider him a top prospect.
I don't think teams do or should re-rank prospects every time they have a bad year, particularly when they go to a new level.
i also don't think most teams expose high draft choice/ranked prospects unless they have completely given up on them.
If Valaika does poorly at AAA next year, then maybe. This time around I'd be amazed if they exposed him.
And frankly, if a highly touted guy is to be exposed, the team would be better off just trading them for value. With Valaika's pedigree, I'm sure another team would love to have him in a trade.
As to whether he would be drafted in the Rule V draft, who knows.
Well, I think you've got to take some calculated chances in making decisions about who to protect. I've got nothing against protecting Valaika if protecting him doesn't mean we expose somebody else we're going to need--i.e pitching. As to somebody else taking him, I don't see that much danger that somebody will use a 25 man spot for a guy whose OPS is something like .540 over 250 AB's in AAA. Even if he is a major leaguer, I doubt he's going to be one next year.
I won't miss either one. I think it's time to get out of denial and raise the standards.
David Weathers just got traded to the Brewers. That creates both a 25 man roster spot and a 40 man roster spot. any ideas on who might be taking those spots?