I took a quick look at the minor league players that were given up this year by the Reds and how they did with their new teams. This covers this year only.
Ben Himes 25 years old. Was playing High A ball in Sarasota. Was traded to the Yankees (Tony Womack) before the season.
2006: Tampa .227/.284/.338
Huge dropoff from his ’05 season when he put up .320/.372/.533.
Ryan Wagner 24 years old. Was playing AAA in Louisville. Was part of “the trade” with the Nationals.
2006: Louisville 6.34 ERA, 1.80 WHIP
Washington 4.70 ERA, 1.66 WHIP
Zac Stott 23 years old. Was playing for High A Sarasota when traded to Philadelphia (Ryan Franklin).
2006: Sarasota 2.53 ERA 1.03 WHIP
Clearwater 5.40 ERA 1.50 WHIP
Zach Ward 22 years old. Was playing for Low A Dayton when traded to Minnesota (Kyle Lohse).
2006: Dayton 2.29 ERA .94 WHIP
Beloit 5.93 ERA 1.31 WHIP
Jeffrey Stevens 23 years old. Was playing for Low A Dayton when traded to Cleveland (Brandon Phillips).
2006: Dayton 4.43 ERA 1.35 WHIP (Most used as reliever)
Lake County 4.42 ERA 1.20 WHIP (as starter)
Brandon Roberts 21 years old. Was playing for High A Sarasota when traded to Minnesota (Juan Castro).
2006: Sarasota .267/.325/.308
Ft. Myers .316/.370/.396
There is no player that was lost that looks like they’re going to be starting in the major league all star game anytime soon. But Ward looked very impressive at Dayton before the trade. Stevens had some good numbers as a starter, after the trade. And Brandon Roberts was instrumental in leading Ft. Myers to the playoffs in the FSL.
So, the Reds didn’t give away the farm for any of the players they received, but with a team that has a farm system struggling to find real prospects, is giving up some possible prospects for mediocre (at best) major leaguers worthwhile?