It's cool to see Reds' farmhands ranked so high in a list like this.
But I have a couple questions: How significant is the fact that as a whole, the farm system didn't fare so well this season? Louisville did OK, as well as the Arizona rookie league team and Billings. But both A level teams and the AA team didn't do so hot. Is that due to a lack of talent, or just bad luck?
How important is head to head competition in the minor leagues? I guess I always thought that if the Reds farm teams did better than other farm systems, then that must mean the talent is better. How important is a winning record in the minors?
"I got all of it ... I crushed that ball ... and it BARELY cleared the outfield wall. I settled into my home run trot ... then I realized I didn't even have a home run trot." - Bob Uecker
Plus, think about how often guys had to be sent from Louisville up to Cincinnati. Every time that happened, it caused someone to move up in the chain, sometimes guys who weren't ready and were replacing key figures on that team. I don't pay much attention to the records of the minor league teams and I cover them every day. I watch the players, because they are what is important when it comes to the Reds.
If you go only by age-appropriate call-ups, the Louisville team would consist largely of those same players who became NL Central champs in the majors this year.
That in turn would move the younger AAA guys (like Chapman, Sappelt, and Francisco) to AA, A+, or even low A.
Think AA could have used a starter like Wood or a RF like Jay Bruce?
How much better would Lynchburg have been with Mike Leake as a starter and Devin Mesoraco all year?
It goes all the way through the organization.
Does winning matter? Sure. It's better than the alternative. But the real reason for the minor league pipeline is to make players ready for Cincy.
This would have made each team in the
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AZL Postseason All-Star Robert Maddox blasted a home run in yesterday's Florida Instructional League action.
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