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Daily Archives: July 6, 2006
Lot of interesting tidbits pertaining to Reds prospects.
Q: Deywane from Memphis asks:
Joey Votto is having quite a year in AA: 18hr's, 55rbi's, OPS'ing .980, and he is only 22. Do you think he has a chance to be on the Top 50 or 100 prospect list?
A: Chris Kline: Dewayne, I see Votto as a top 100 guy, certainly. He's crushing, and I'm really looking forward to seeing a show in BP at the Futures Game on Sunday.
Q: Charles Berg from Houston, Texas asks:
Early Top 5 to watch for the minor league player of the year award?
A: Chris Kline: Berg-Piece, Wow. Good question, even though it's not early. We start tracking players for our minor league POY watch as camp breaks. Right now I'll go with Jay Bruce, Alex Gordon, Chuck Lofgren, Yovani Gallardo and Homer Bailey.
Q: Charles Berg from Houston, Texas asks:
Is Jay Bruce as good as the numbers indicate?
A: Chris Kline: I'll give you guys a little preview of a scout's view on Bruce that I actually got this morning . . . “Bruce is the best hitter in the league--period. He's a right fielder who's going to hit for a high average with plus power production. He's an above-average outfielder with plus instincts. I known people are going to mention Larry Walker as a guy he could be like. Jay Bruce is going to be a special player.” I think that says an awful lot.
Those three are the only ones directly pertaining to the Reds, but you have to get pretty excited about some of those.
Thanks to our buddy over at Rain Delay for bringing to my attention the fact that the Reds have traded Travis Chick to the Mariners for left-handed pitcher Eddie Guardado and cash.
Chick was the more loudly touted of the pitching prospects that we got in exchange for Joe Randa in July last season. The other player gotten in that trade Justin Germano is currently rocking a 4.20 ERA with the AAA Louisville Bats.
There was so much hype about Chick; I'm sorry I won't get to see him in action. What's up with this Guardado character? Is he the answer to our prayers or Krivsky's revenge against Shackelford for embarrassing the organization so?
The official site has a little more to say on the matter:
“I know him well,” Krivsky said from Sarasota, Fla, where he was watching the club's Class A team. “We've got a really good relationship. I feel he's got a lot left. We feel that he can go into the closer's role and we're excited to have him.”
In 28 relief appearances this season, Guardado was 1-3 with a 5.48 ERA and five saves. Earlier this season, he lost his closer's job to J.J. Putz and was unhappy in a setup role.
Much as I like Todd Coffey, he hasn't been putting it together as our closer lately. I don't know if it's the pressure of being the only decent one in the bullpen or what, but he might benefit from a little time in the setup role.
Even more interestingly:
According to a source with knowledge of the deal, the Commissioner's office had to approve the trade because Seattle is picking up a majority of Guardado's remaining $6.25 million salary for 2006. He signed a three-year, $17 million deal with the Mariners in December 2003 after spending 1993-2003 with the Twins.
You go, Krivsky.
Short a left-handed reliever, what with Brian Shackelford apparently still being held without charges in Milwaukee on suspicion of sexual assault, the Reds optioned Shack to Louisville and brough up LHP Michael Gosling.
If Gosling makes this work, he'll have quite a story to tell the grandkids.
UPDATE 6:58 p.m. According to Marc Shack is a free man, no charges having been filed. He has 72 hours to report to Louisville.
The Reds designated for assignment Quinton McCracken today in a move I prognosticated back when he was first signed. Looks like his salary is $600,000, so even if they can't convince the Cubs to take him, the Reds won't be on the hook for too much.
In his place, they've brought up Dewayne Wise. You may remember Wise as being the annual spring training phenom who sprained his ankle just before he managed to start the team in the bigs. You can hear me talk about his injury as it happened in Episode 6 of the podcast, which I was recording live during the game. You can also read about the time I chatted with him in person. That was before he was hurt, as you can probably tell from the adorably cocky demeanor he was still carrying then.