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    Hitting prospects?

    I've been trying to find some hope about having some hitters coming through the Reds system. I'm stunned when scouring the Reds minor league rosters....they don't seem to have any talent that will be ready on the horizon.

    As an overall focus....it seems hitting is no longer a strength on our minor league rosters.

    Can anyone provide any optimism in this area?
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    Re: Hitting prospects?

    Henry Rodriguez has been a good hitter throughout his minor league career, and so far Ryan Lamarre has potential.
    "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."

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    Re: Hitting prospects?

    The Reds have a decent prospect at most positions - as in a guy you can project to be a major league average player. That is good depth and overall strength but there are no "star" caliber position players unless someone really steps it up.

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    Re: Hitting prospects?

    Draft some bats, maybe?
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    Re: Hitting prospects?

    What about those teenagers they signed a few years ago from the Dominican (I think)? Duran and someone else.
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    Re: Hitting prospects?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    What about those teenagers they signed a few years ago from the Dominican (I think)? Duran and someone else.
    Juan Duran and Yorman Rodriguez? They are struggling terribly. Both hitting near the Mendoza line...showing little power....defensive struggles too....slipping quickly into prospect oblivion...both still relatively young though

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    Re: Hitting prospects?

    If Puckett can get going in Louisville he might not be a bad addition later in the season, especially when you consider how bad of a bench the Reds currently have. Dorn too, but he has struggled a little early on.

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    Re: Hitting prospects?

    Rodriguez (3B, 2B), LaMarre (CF), Vidal (3B), Fellhauer (OF), Puckett (OF/UTIL), and Soto (1B) are about the only decent bats at AA or above right now. Soto is struggling in Louisville and doesn't have a position with the big club anyway. Gregorius is a great SS prospect, but is not know for his bat and isn't really doing much right now with the bat in AA.

    I don't see much immediate help here other than maybe Rodriguez (who is hurt right now) and as I mentioned maybe a Puckett.

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    Re: Hitting prospects?

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeRedleg View Post
    Rodriguez (3B, 2B), LaMarre (CF), Vidal (3B), Fellhauer (OF), Puckett (OF/UTIL), and Soto (1B) are about the only decent bats at AA or above right now. Soto is struggling in Louisville and doesn't have a position with the big club anyway. Gregorius is a great SS prospect, but is not know for his bat and isn't really doing much right now with the bat in AA.

    I don't see much immediate help here other than maybe Rodriguez (who is hurt right now) and as I mentioned maybe a Puckett.

    Hopefully just bad luck that 95% of the hitters in the Reds system are off to a bad start.
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    Re: Hitting prospects?

    Quote Originally Posted by VR View Post
    it seems hitting is no longer a strength on our minor league rosters.
    Sure they just coughed up Mesoraco, Frazier, Cozart, Francisco, Yonder, Grandal and Sappelt, but what have they done for us lately?

    Seriously, Soto is 23 at AAA, but other than that I don't think there is anybody who is going to be real trade bait or an upgrade within the next year and a half.
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    Re: Hitting prospects?

    Quote Originally Posted by dfs View Post
    Sure they just coughed up Mesoraco, Frazier, Cozart, Francisco, Yonder, Grandal and Sappelt, but what have they done for us lately?

    Seriously, Soto is 23 at AAA, but other than that I don't think there is anybody who is going to be real trade bait or an upgrade within the next year and a half.
    Are any of that list going to be OPS + big leaguers? Maybe Mes?


    Let's hope it's a super draft to gain some sticks.
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    Re: Hitting prospects?

    Quote Originally Posted by VR View Post
    Are any of that list going to be OPS + big leaguers? Maybe Mes?


    Let's hope it's a super draft to gain some sticks.
    There are some good ones - pretty deep in power bats through our first round pick and a couple that may fall to later, too. I'm hoping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VR View Post
    Are any of that list going to be OPS + big leaguers? Maybe Mes?
    Yonder and Grandal fer sure.

    I think Todd Frazier is going to suprise folks the more he plays. I think he can be as good a player as Chris Sabo was. I know that's not enough for a franchise to hang it's hat on, but I think he can help a franchise even after arbitration kicks in.

    Likewise, I think positionally, Cozart can be a real asset as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by VR View Post
    Let's hope it's a super draft to gain some sticks.
    Cheers to that.
    While we're hoping How about Chris Heisey learns to hit a curveball and Drew Stubbs decides getting on base is the most important thing he can do?
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    Re: Hitting prospects?

    The only ones currently in the minors that could be relevant in the next 3 years IMO (could OPS > .800) are Donald Lutz, Henry Rodriguez, and David Vidal. Lutz is a 1B/LF type, and the other two are 3B. Rodriguez is a switch-hitter.

    But you're right, there is nobody with significant offensive upside on the horizon. No Bruces, Vottos, Alonsos, or even Mez/Grandals. That is the main reason I'd like to see them draft some high upside bats on Monday- regardless of where they play on the diamond.
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    Re: Hitting prospects?

    Ken Singleton made an interesting comment during last nights Yankees and Angels game. He was talking about how there hitters who become better than minors numbers appear due to better pitchers being more around the plate while in the Minors wildness and inconsistent pitching leads to uneasiness at the plate for batters.
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