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?

6 Responses

  1. Bill

    So much for our seeing Gruler this year in Dayton.

    Another bust #1 pick for the Reds, or so it appears.

  2. Bill

    Also to be fair though, didn’t they draft Gruler because they knew they could sign him, and knew they couldn’t sign Kazmir?

  3. 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.

  4. Bill

    Today’s Enquirer also notes that #2 pick in ’03, Thomas Pauley, had a shoulder cleanout also. He was effective at Potomoc last year, with a 2.97 ERA and 135 Ks in 121 1/3 innings.

    O’Brien says, “We’re hopeful that he’ll be able to pitch this year.”

  5. Tom

    I’m confused, not an uncommon situation for me. It’s too bad that Gruler and the Reds have been bitten by the injury bug, but Gruler got a bigger signing bonus that Kazmir, and both were high school picks in 2002. So what made Kazmir a better choice that Gruler for the Reds in June of 2002 just before they made the number 3 pick. By the way, hindsight also says that Greinke and Francis, who were chosen in between Gruler and Kazmir, would have been pretty good choices also. Greinke, by the way, was a high school pick also.


  6. 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.