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Gelalich does have a high OBP, seems to get on base. Again, I'll give the scouts the benefit that they know a heckuva lot more than me. High ceiling pitcher, with a strong frame and 2 corner outfielders - one for power and one for OBP. Sounds like a plan
So.... I don't guess anyone on here is a big fan of Lamarre?
I know you don't draft young kids to fill current major league needs.
But those two comp picks seem to be a reaction to the lack of LH bats and the lack of high batting average guys on the Reds. Winker hit .488 as a singles and doubles hitter without a lot of home run power. Gelalich hit .376 and BA reports that he is a line drive type hitter. Both lefty hitters.
I don't know why, but something tells me that Gelalich is going to be a better player than Lamarre. His power seems more legitimate. Not sure he's a future star or anything, but I think he can contribute. I think this guy may have been a better pick in the 2nd or 3rd round.
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Anyone else get a Paul O'Neil vibe from the UCLA OF?
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The Reds reached on all three of their picks. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It really comes down to whether you think the organization is capable of making smart reaches. Winker and Gelalich strike me as a field pick. One HS bat who hopefully fills out into into some real power and one college bat who hopefully has figured out how to play this game. It will be interesting to see where the organization starts Gelalich. There's plenty of work for a competent OF in Dayton (and Bakersfield). It would be nice to see a relatively high college bat selection like Gelalich skip Billings.
Travieso strikes me as a bit of a science project. I don't mind that with a #14 pick. The key is to keep him healthy and making steady progress. Goal #1 - avoid the immediate injury/flameout that did in Chris Gruler.
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