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The season effectively ended Sunday, unless we want to have fun being spoilers for either the Brewers or the Cubs.
An impression that I got while watching this game is that catcher is the missing link for the Reds’ reconstruction.
I looked hard at Hicks for my #9 or #10. He was the talk of the offseason last year. Its been said that he has a high octane fastball with exceptional movement. This year I read that he was working on his secondary pitches. His stats were not overly impressive… 102 IP, 45 BB, 1.34 WHIP He just turned 21 years old and many think he could be a top tier starter some day.
#6 Dakota Hudson. Tall, 6’5 strapping righthander. Plus fastball, wipe-out slider. Developing 6-12 curve that gets swings and misses. Not afraid to throw an occasional changeup.
#7 J Adolis Garcia This is a five tool player. Could have been ranked higher.
#8 Sandy Alcantara Plus, plus fastball with movement. Agree that he might be our closer at some time next year.
#9 Austin Gomber Has plenty of upside, IMO.
#10 Andrew Knizner Keeping my fingers crossed. A lot of people are open to trading Kelly because of this player.September 18, 2017 at 4:05 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #33375
Maybe the Braves.September 18, 2017 at 3:14 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #33373
I’d love to see a shortstop as good as Simmons in our lineup.September 18, 2017 at 11:18 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #33363
1. I’m okay with signing Hosmer, and it might happen. But I like the intensity with which our own Jose Martinez plays the game. I would tolerate the ball bouncing off his glove every now and then for that reason.
2. Tired of bad defense. Not in on JD Martinez.
3. I don’t know where the idea that Andrelton Simmons could be gotten in a trade came from. Here’s a comment published by MLBTR’s at the time the Angels got him:
Angels GM Billy Eppler has many roster holes to fill, and could easily have relied on Aybar, but explained that the trade presented a rare chance to add a top-quality defender at the game’s most important position in the field. “When you have an opportunity, you do it,” he said. “The free agent market does not generally offer a plentiful amount of shortstops. It was a supply-and-demand equation.” Only that kind of premium ability could justify giving up Newcomb’s huge arm, per Eppler, who said that doing so “gives you a lot of pause and makes your stomach hurt a little bit.”
Not too excited about Cozart. But he seems like a good fit.
4. I hope they do sign Nicasio. Alcantara not ready for closer role just yet.
I wish they’d bring Wisdom up. I want to see him show off that arm of his again before he leaves the organization.September 18, 2017 at 10:22 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #33354
If the Reds are interested in acquiring a top tier catcher, they will have to make a serious offer. If not, Kelly will probably go to another team as part of a package for an impact bat.September 17, 2017 at 9:15 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #33310
It seems like you never hear of one organization trading a top prospect to another organization for one of their top prospects. Not sure why. Here’s a trade that I think makes sense. Trade Carson Kelly to the Reds for Nick Senzel. We could use a third baseman, and the Reds could use a top tier catcher. The GM’s could modify this trade in some way, if need be, to make it happen.
I went for Hudson at #4 mostly because of the way he rocketed through the system. He’s in the starting rotation at Memphis only a year after being drafted. Its really hard for me to know what a pitcher has until there is a camera behind his back that shows his control and the movement on his pitches. But it sure seems like he is destined to be a 1, 2, or 3 starter. I like O’Neill but not the strikeouts. Also, if they’re going to get an impact bat during the offseason, then O’Neill is likely to be part of the package that gets that impact bat because everybody loves the long ball. I have a hard time voting for a player that I don’t think is going to be around very long. Of course, you could say that about every player in the top 10 except Reyes. (IMHO, Reyes is untouchable.)
Same here, CC.
I get your point on assessing Kelly based on his value to the organization rather than his ability as a catcher. Its just a slightly different way of looking at it.
Kelly has to be trade bait this winter. I don’t think the Cardinals will give him up for anything but a player that will really help next year. Just an opinion, but I think he could elevate the entire pitching staff of a team like the Reds.
If Kelly can’t make our top three, I don’t understand why people are worried that he’s blocked by Molina. I think he is the best catching prospect in baseball, BA ranking notwithstanding. If he was playing somewhere instead of sitting on the bench, he would be ranked 1 or 2 here.
The Orioles were interested in him last winter, also. I like him. But I agree that he is blocking some young players. And I’d rather see Pham in CF than Fowler.
That proves that it wasn’t his ability that prevented him from winning here. It was his character. This guy is the worst head case to ever wear a Cardinal uniform. Glad he’s in the other league. Glad he’s at the farthest he could be from St. Louis for half of the season. Thank you, MO, for acknowledging your mistake and doing something about it.
When the voting started, the first name that came to mind was Kelly. Then, I started thinking about the movement on Reyes’ pitches, and decided to vote for Reyes. Sure hope his control is still decent. I see Reyes’ and Kelly as a future All-Stars. Not sure I can say that about any other player in the organization, yet.
Carson Kelly #2.
Now if we can return the favor to the Brewers next weekend……
Memphis up 5-1.
Some pitchers just win. Just like some hitters are clutch. There are folks that will spin numbers that ‘prove’ that its not true that some pitchers just win and some hitters are clutch.September 8, 2017 at 5:51 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #32618
Okay, here’s more babbling.
Sign a top tier closer if we can find one. Otherwise, it will have to be Alcantara, Wainwright etc.
If Nicasio is worth his asking price, bring him back.
Re-sign Lynn as long as his demands are within reason.
Cardinals offer Piscotty, Grichuk, and Flaherty to the Marlins for Stanton plus $50M. (That, no doubt, sounds absurd to a lot of posters. But don’t forget that the Marlins have a mandate to dump whatever salary is needed to get their balance sheet in order. And there doesn’t appear to be a rush of teams wanting to take on Stanton’s contract as is. The sale price is reportedly $1.2B. It would seem that Loria would be able to comfortably take back the $50M in order to close the deal. The downside for the Cardinals is that they will ultimately have to pay an aging player $25M in the last year of his contract. BTW, if the average ticket price is $50. and the attendance is 3 million paying customers, about $8.00 of that $50.00 ticket is going to pay Stanton.)
Find out if Donaldson will sign for a reasonable contract. If so, offer Kelly and Matt Carpenter to the Blue Jays for Donaldson. (I don’t think I would trade Kelly for anything less than a Donaldson-type player. But, if I thought there was a reasonable chance of getting a top tier shortstop, I’d go for that instead. Then, move DeJong to third.) P.S. I’d rather see the ball bounce off Jose Martinez’ glove once in awhile, than watch Carpenter do his back bend routine at the plate, then take ball four.
Like I said, more babbling.
I really like the fact that Molina came up through the organization, and will likely retire as a Cardinal. There’s something to be said for loyalty on both sides. He will be a part of Cardinal lore for generations to come. I thought is was classy for the organization to reach an agreement with him. And you can’t put a dollar amount to what he brings in terms of veteran presence. And besides all of that, seeing Yadi show up behind the plate at the All Star game this year wearing his gold chest protector and helmet was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen at happen at an All Star game.