From the DDN:

The Reds’ misfortune with pitching prospects continues.

Chris Gruler, the team’s No. 1 draft pick (third overall) in 2002, is scheduled for another shoulder surgery. In three injury-plagued seasons in rookie ball and with the Dayton Dragons, he has appeared in only 22 games, going 2-4 with a 5.33 ERA.

I’m glad the Reds picked this guy over Scott Kazmir. I wonder which high school pitcher the Reds will select in this year’s amateur draft?

2 Responses

  1. Chad

    It’s not that they couldn’t sign Kazmir, it’s that they refused to sign him. They could have put up the cash for him, and it would have been money well-spent today.

  2. Chad

    The issue is this: if you are going to take a HS pitcher in the first round, he’d better have the best arm in the draft. Kazmir was considered to have the best arm in the draft, by far.

    Gruler was taken because of signability. It’s my opinion that you should never take a HS pitcher if you are taking him just because you can sign him.