The weekend was full of plenty of news. First and foremost was the Aroldis Chapman will close decision. While that isn’t minor league related, it does lead to minor league decisions. That may push a “loogy” out of their role that was present with Chapman as a starter, opening a spot for JJ Hoover. Of course, there are still plenty of reasons to believe that JJ Hoover winds up in the bullpen for Louisville too, but to get into that in depth you should check out the podcast below.
The Reds traded Cody Puckett to the White Sox for a player-to-be-named-later or cash considerations. These deals almost always turn out to be for cash. Puckett hit .257/.329/.450 in his minor league career with the Reds. He has hit at least 16 home runs in each of the last 4 seasons.
There were two mock drafts posted that I saw this weekend and I know that some of you are already following that in depth. John Sickels and Matt Garrioch teamed up at MinorLeagueBall.com for one of them. They had the Reds taking high school outfielder Ryan Boldt. He is a toolsy outfielder who bats left handed, has some good speed and good bat speed.
In the other mock draft MyMLBDraft.com, which was posted on March 13th, the Reds are projected to take high school catcher Reese McGuire. The MinorLeagueBall.com mock draft had him going earlier and even mentioned him as potentially going as high as #7. Like Boldt, McGuire is also a left handed batter. He is considered a strong defender with a strong arm and at the plate can already use the whole field and should develop power as he fills out.
It seems that, at least for now, they both believe the Reds are leaning toward a high schooler. The Reds have gone with a high school pitcher each of the last two years with their first pick taking just one high schooler with their first pick between 2006 and 2010. I don’t think the Reds lean one way or the other with which type of player the prefer to take early on, but it just depends on how the draft plays out in front of them.
Last night we had Redleg Nation Radio with a slightly different format than previous weeks. I was joined by RedlegNation.com writers Chad Dotson for the entire show and Jason Lindon joined us for about half of the show.. We are trying out the premium features right now, which allow us to go beyond the 30 minute limit as well as have the show between 7-11pm, which we weren’t able to do before. That certainly doesn’t matter now that the show is completed for this week. We went on for about an hour and 23 minutes. You can listen below in the player or you can subscribe via iTunes and listen through whichever device you have linked up through iTunes.