NOT a minor league thread, but a rumination on the impact that the Reds have received at the major league level from guys who were drafted and developed solely by this organization. For a non-large market club, this is just crucial. Off the top of my head, the Reds have been helped at one time or another this year by the following purely drafted and developed organization players (players who I don't believe ever spent a day in another organization):
I may have missed someone. And perhaps one of that list was drafted elsewhere, but I don't think so.
At any rate, safe to say, this team has been buoyed by the flow of significant major league talent of varying levels to shore up players brought in.
And that's with Chapman about ready to be brought up and added to the list.
I am ecstatic to see the minors bringing forth legitimate major league talent again, and it is simply delightful on all levels for a fan of this organization.
PS: This is not meant to turn into a WK v. Walt thread, or even O'Brien, as each had a hand in drafting some of that list. More an acknoweldgment of how important the minors have been to the success this team has had in 2010 and a hope that what is in place keeps pumping out help. It's simply fantastic that they can draw on a Valakia to help fill in. There was a long time that simply was not something that we could count on as fans.