Prospect time Chad Dotson 10/27/2009 5 Doug has begun counting down his top forty Reds prospects. The first installment is here; be sure to check out Doug’s website daily for the rest of the list. Second installment Third installment (And one that will hold particular interest for RN fans) Last installment After he has revealed the entire list, Doug is going to join us on the podcast to discuss the top forty. Share this:TweetPocket 5 Responses Shane 10/27/2009 Right Drew, and all those other teams get by without them and yet we absolutely positively have to have them and can’t win with out them Shane 10/27/2009 Duh, obviously the ones without good hitting c’s/ss’s shane 10/28/2009 OK, let’s say Juan Castro was hitting .280 and 15 HRs, who would you rather have at SS, Castro or Janish? shane 10/28/2009 @Dan: My point is that Janish’s defense makes up for some of his offensive deficiency. I’d rather have him in there, with his ability to get to balls that others couldn’t, his abilty to turn a DP that others might not, and his arm, than some guy that doesn’t have those abilities but can hit .280 Hell, his arm alone is worth a few batting % points Then of course we can always rely on him to pitch in a pinch 😀 Alan Horn 11/04/2009 It’s kind of catch 22. You have to play them for them to develop. Davey and Ozzie didn’t turn in the hitters they became by sitting on the pine. True, it’s not a high percentage thing to happen but it does happen. There comes a time when you have to call the experiment a failure and pull the plug when it isn’t working. As a long time player and coach(around 55 years), I am appalled at the lack of defense today that goes along with that high octane offense. They are far too many skillet gloves/butchers on defense playing in the MLs today versus the old days. The DH helped contribute to this. I will will forever remember Deion Sanders running over in the LF corner and waiting for a fly ball and getting hit on top of the head. We had Encarnacion who couldn’t throw the ball anywhere near 1B. Adam Dunn in LF. It goes on and on throughout the majors. You didn’t see so much of that in old days plus the players were more fundamentally sound(i.e. base running mistakes etc).