July 6, 2006

BA Chat on the Futures Game…

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.

Link: http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/features/261884.html

2 comments to “BA Chat on the Futures Game…”

  1. Red Hot Mama says:

    I saw “BA” and thought you meant Arroyo. I’m glad you didn’t. This carries much more weight.

    Those really *are* exciting. Thanks for sharing, Geki.

  2. Zeldink says:

    The young kids in the Reds farm system are exciting, inasmuch as the promise of good times at some nebulous point in the future can be termed “exciting.”

    Until then, I guess we’ll just have to suffer through the Joe Mays of the baseball world.