On Shaffer -- the success rate of RH-hitting corner guys coming out of college is very poor. If you're thinking of Longoria, remember that he was a SS coming out, and that added athleticism is what makes him the top-flight defender he is.
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BTW, has Gioloto's stock fallen so far with this elbow injury that he may not even be chosen in the first round? I didn't see him taken in Callis' mock. I know arm injuries are something to be concerned about, but he could really turn into the steal of this draft if he falls out of the first round...
BTW, I am not a big fan of Correa. I just don't know if I want a SS who may not have the glove to stick there and doesn't project to have a big bat. Kind of sounds like a raw Gordon Beckham to me.
In 2010, the Reds took a kid named Brian Adams in the 36th round, but he didn't sign, choosing to play football and baseball at UK. He has has some injury problems that have slowed his development in both sports, but is now fully healthy. He hit a monstrous home run off the top of the scoreboard in LCF tonight, helping UK sweep a double-header from Alabama. The wins helped the #9 Wildcats leapfrog both South Carolina and LSU back into 1st place in the SEC.
Not saying that one home run makes him a superstar by any means, but he has been showing signs of putting it all together lately. This kid is an amazing athlete (#16 below) 6-4/220 with leadoff speed - a true five-tool kid who was very highly regarded out of High School. He's still green as grass and I don't think he's going to draw huge interest in the draft, but the Reds were on him once, I wouldn't mind at all if they spent a late round pick on him again this year. Could be a diamond in the rough.
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Joey Gallo is my pick.
Best two-way player likely to make it down to Cincinnati.
In a weak draft with no clear-cut choice, hedge your bets one way or another.
A big-armed, big-power 3B sounds like a fun kid to watch.
I also like Victor Roache, Lucas Sims, and Nolan Sanburn as supplimental picks, if there.
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On the John Sickels site he is listed as the highest ceiling player in the draft, so if he fall to #14 I think the Reds should take a shot. If he says he's not going to sign have Matt Harrington give me a call. If that does not work, use the pick next year in what is probably a deeper draft.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
has a newly updated mock draft. If, as in this mock, the Reds pass on Gioloto and Hawkins to draft Heaney, I will be quite disappointed.
The problem with Joey Gallo is he's indicated he wants to hit, and from what I've heard, it is unlikely he'll be able to play anywhere other than 1B at the big league level. I'm not sure that is a good fit for us (although if he can play 3B, I really like the bat).