Big League Ready

Reading Between the Lines

We are nearing the end of the minor league season now and as we all start thinking intensely about next year, I think it's useful to take a look at what has and has not been said about the various young players... Read More...

On the Rushing of Pitchers

Lately, it seems to me that every post discussing the lack of success of many of the Reds' young pitchers is accompanied by some number of comments about the players being "rushed" because of need at the big le... Read More...

The Sorting Is Nearly Complete

As I've sporadically written this column over the course of the season, various players have seen their stock rise and fall. I sat down to write this column and realized that, suddenly, the picture is a lot cle... Read More...

Things Are Weird

This year was to be the year of sorting. Some would rise. Others would fall. In the end, a balanced team would be born. Uh... Yeah, about that. A funny thing happened on the way to being competitive. This te... Read More...

Results vs. Potential

Back in the misty half-forgotten time of early April when this little column began, the premise was that I would focus on a particular group of guys who were trying to transition across the line from prospect t... Read More...

One Month Down

A month has now gone by and it seems like a good time to go down the line, look at the numbers and handout grades. For the position players, I give the typical slash line. For the pitchers, I decided to list ER... Read More...

Triple-A Check-in

On Tuesday night, I was in the press box with the Bats here in Louisville and I had the chance to talk with Delino DeShields and Jesse Winker. One of the things I've noticed in watching minor league players ... Read More...

How Changes Happen

The Reds have finished a full week of games now and it's safe to say we're all pleasantly surprised. The longer this keeps up, the more glaring poor performances are going to become and the more likely the R... Read More...