The other guys you mentioned (Bailey, Stephenson, etc.) were all Top 200 prospects, regardless of what their on-field performance was. Ditto for Bruce, Leake, Alonso, Grandal, Frazier, etc.
I'm not making any snap judgments about Travieso, Winker (who I'm high on), Gelalich (who I'm not) or Rahier at this time. I'm just pointing out that BA isn't all that high on them based off of their comments, and if anything BA has historically fawned over recent draftees, including Reds draftees.
Last edited by Benihana; 01-10-2013 at 01:12 PM.
This is from the BA Reds Draft Report Card (October 22):
The Reds put a premium on finding bats going into the draft but couldn't pass up Travieso. Then they landed potential impact position players in Winker, Gelalich, Mejias-Brean and Peterson.
That sounds like they really liked the Reds draft.
Hopefully BA proves wrong. I for one think Winker has a ton of promise. And the only guy I'm down on is Gelalich (he reminds me a bit of LaMarre in terms of his low ceiling), but even he has plenty of time to turn things around.
Travieso is a guy we'll have to see on. I didn't love the pick at the time (the two guys I wanted were Courtney Hawkins taken one pick earlier and Lucas Gioloto taken two picks later) but I didn't hate it either. I always like HS guys with upside, so we'll just have to see. This regime has certainly earned a bunch of leeway, so far be it for me to criticize at least until we see how these guys pan out over the next year or two.
Last edited by Benihana; 01-10-2013 at 07:04 PM.