The Reds selected Connor Joe from the Dodgers in the Rule 5 draft. Conner (26) is a 1B/3B/UT player. He was a first-round pick (39th) by the Pirates in 2014 out of the University of San Diego.
Joe split time between AA and AAA in the Dodgers system in 2018. He had never really done much at the plate before last year, but Joe hit a combined .299/.408/.527 in 2018. So he’s demonstrated a hit tool, knows how to take a walk and has hit for power. He’s also reportedly worked out at catcher recently.
Here’s a scouting report on Joe from May:
“It’s little to go on, but Connor Joe has valuable prospect history. He was a first-round pick and has already overcome an injury as well as two trades. The Dodgers may have bought great low value here and added another piece to their National League pennant winning organization.”
Joe appears to have a pretty good eye, though he's also been old for his level at every level. He hit 17 HR in 106 games last year after only hitting 13 in prior 299 games.
Could be park effects though. He played in some friendly parks in 2018.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) December 13, 2018
It looks like Joe was drafted in the supplemental round (39th overall) in 2014 about 2 months before his 22nd birthday, but had a back injury of some sort and didn’t make his pro debut until 2015. So, he had a late start, but always had good on-base ability.
Reading between the lines, he was in the Dodgers’ system in 2018 and Turner Ward must have liked what he saw and/or heard from the AA/AAA coaches.
Looks like a low-risk pickup, with some upside. Hits right-handed, and plays every corner position.
This is another underwhelming move. I realize there’s a lot of offseason left, but so far the Reds big moves are addition by subtraction (Hamilton), trading for another franchise’s fifth best starter to be the Reds ace – at least so far – (Roark) and now filling the last bench spot with a guy who is versatile, but probably not very good (Joe). For a team that desperately needs better starting pitching I sincerely hope there’s a Dallas Keuchel, a Sonny Gray, a Lance Lynn or a Trevor Bauer or two coming to help the staff. Otherwise it’s going to be another long year of watching different guys lose the same 90+ games and in last place behind more accomplished franchises in the NL Central. I get that this isn’t the Reds big move, and that hopefully we will have plenty to get excited about before April, but in the meantime this shuffling of the deck chairs is disheartening to follow.
On an unrelated note, for some reason I can’t connect to the main RLN site on my iPad today (using Safari). I get an “unable to make a secure connection to the server” error. Has RLN made a recent change that might be causing a problem? Doug / Steve? Please advise – I need my RLN!
Rule 5 draft picks are by definition underwhelming. A 21-year-old Frank Robinson was not available.
That assumes thet this isn’t simply a big “try-out). If he is on the team at the end of spring training or midway through the season and isn’t performing, I’d be shocked.
I’m assuming if it doesn’t work out, he won’t take up a spot on the 25-man. Pretty low risk move for a guy who hit well last year.
I don’t discount the trust factor involved with taking a Dodger farmhand. Given the recent history of deals between the clubs, Joe could easily be a PTBNL in a larger upcoming transaction. It would be cute if he’s an added “prospect” traded back to the Dodgers as part of a deal.
Is the font color on the article enough? I will try to get that changed over the weekend.
I think the problem is the commenter’s name is the same color and font as the comments so it all kind of blends together. At redsminorleagues the commenter’s name is bolded and in a bigger font which makes it easier to read the comments.
This is cold comfort for losing Dixon, who had more potential, through minor league waivers, to the Tigers.
IF they had non-tendered Billy that week, they could have kept Dixon on the 40 man.
Good thinking, brain trust.