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Team #27: Cincinnati Reds
General Managers(since 1994)
Jim Bowden (1994-2003): 782-776
Dan O’Brien (2004-2005): 149-175
Wayne Krivsky (2006-2008): 226-260
Walt Jocketty (2009-Current): 78-84
Both of the division titles came in 1994-1995, and unfortunately they lost in the 163rd game in 1999 to just miss the playoffs. With those exceptions, the past 15 years has not been particularly good for the Reds. They have had a few really good players who have gone through the organization, but there are still a lot of players that were drafted that are down in the minors. All information is drawn from Baseball Reference.
|Position||Name||Acquired||Years with Org.
||Stats with Organization
|C||Ryan Hanigan||Amateur FA – 2002||8||153 gm, .281/.383/.371, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 43 R||Currently with Org.|
|1B||Joey Votto||2002 – 2nd Rd||8||365 gm, .309/.391/.537, 66 HR, 226 RBI, 19 SB, 202 R||Currently with Org.|
|2B||Justin Turner||2006 – 7th Rd||3||No Major League Appearances with Organization||Traded to BAL – 12/9/08|
|3B||Paul Janish||2004 – 5th Rd||6||151 gm, .210/.300/.303, 3 HR, 28 RBI, 2 SB, 45 R||Currently with Org.|
|SS||Adam Rosales||2005 – 12th Rd||4||105 gm, .212/.296/.309, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 2 SB, 23 R||Traded to OAK – 2/1/10|
|LF||Adam Dunn||1998 – 2nd Rd||10||1 All-Star Appearance
1087 gm, .247/.380/.520, 270 HR, 646 RBI, 58 SB, 678 R
|Traded to ARI – 8/11/08|
|CF||Jay Bruce||2005 – 1st Rd (12)||5||274 gm, .246/.319/.462, 52 HR, 139 RBI, 12 SB, 148 R||Currently with Org.|
|RF||Austin Kearns||1998 – 1st Rd (7)||7||452 gm., .267/.358/.468, 71 HR, 263 RBI, 20 SB, 248 R||Traded to WAS – 7/13/06|
|SP||Johnny Cueto||Int’l FA – 2004||6||26-26, 4.59 ERA, 355 K, 152 BB, 423.1 IP, 1.370 WHIP||Currently with Org.|
|SP||Mike Leake||2009 – 1st Rd (8)||2||5-0, 2.68 ERA, 52 K, 29 BB, 77.1 IP, 1.358 WHIP||Currently with Org.|
|SP||Homer Bailey||2004 – 1st Rd (7)||6||13-15, 5.46 ERA, 173 K, 118 BB, 245.2 IP, 1.583 WHIP||Currently with Org.|
|SP||Sam LeCure||2005 – 4th Rd||5||1-3, 3.75 ERA, 16 K, 15 BB, 24 IP, 1.583 WHIP||Currently with Org.|
|SP||Dustin Moseley||2000 – 1st Rd (34)||4||No Major League Appearances with Organization||Traded to LAA – 12/14/04|
|RP||Jeff Stevens||2005 – 6th Rd||1||No Major League Appearances with Organization||Traded to CLE – 6/13/06|
|RP||Enerio del Rosario||Int’l FA – 2005||5||1-1, 2.08 ERA, 3 K, 4 BB, 8.2 IP, 1.962 WHIP||Currently with Org.|
|RP||Logan Ondrusek||2005 – 13th Rd||5||0-0, 8.10 ERA, 7 K, 6 BB, 13.1 IP, 1.950 WHIP||Currently with Org.|
|RP||Carlos Fisher||2005 – 11th Rd||5||2-2, 5.40 ERA, 58 K, 40 BB, 63.1 IP, 1.642 WHIP||Currently with Org.|
|RP||Todd Coffey||1998 – 41st Rd||10||12-9, 4.62 ERA, 137 K, 63 BB, 206.1 IP, 1.585 WHIP||Selected by MIL – 9/10/08|
|CL||Trevor Hoffman||1989 – 11th Rd||3||No Major League Appearances with Organization||Expansion Draft – 11/17/92|
|BN||Chris Dickerson (OF)||2003 – 16th Rd||7||148 gm, .274/.367/.421, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 19 SB, 60 R||Currently with Org.|
|BN||Drew Stubbs (OF)||2006 – 1st Rd (8)||4||103 gm, .256/.323/.426, 15 HR, 48 RBI, 23 SB, 62 R||Currently with Org.|
|BN||Chris Heisey (OF)||2006 – 17th Rd||4||25 gm, .294/.400/.676, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 9 R||Currently with Org.|
|BN||Chris Denorfia (OF)||2002 – 19th Rd||5||67 gm, .278/.358/.382, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 2 SB, 22 R||Traded to OAK – 4/27/07|
|BN||Jason LaRue (C)||1995 – 5th Rd||11||715 gm, .239/.325/.415, 84 HR, 303 RBI, 12 SB, 263 R||Purchased by KC – 11/20/06|
|BN||Craig Tatum (C)||2004 – 3rd Rd||5||26 gm., .162/.250/.221, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R||Selected by BAL – 11/20/09|
The Reds have had a little bit of bad luck, as they have generally been good enough to keep out of the top-10 picks in the draft, with only 6 picks in the top-10 in the past 15 years. But the performance on the field has still not been particularly good, and they haven’t had a whole lot of flags to fly for division titles as a result.
June Amateur Draft
Looking at their drafting results, they have had only 20 first round picks in the last 15 drafts (not including 2010). With only 6 picks in the top-10 during those drafts, they haven’t had the access to a lot of the top-tier picks in the first round. That said, they have done reasonably well in finding top players in other rounds, with Adam Dunn and Joey Votto (2nd Round) being the best examples. That said, they missed on quite a few draft picks in the early 2000s, most notably the 2002 3rd overall pick of Chris Gruler. Taken after Gruler at picks 6 and 7: Zack Greinke and Prince Fielder.
International Free Agency
The Reds have been slightly more active than some of the previous teams in the international free agent market, with SP Johnny Cueto being the biggest success story to this point for the team. The most notable signee is one who hasn’t made his Major League debut yet, but is likely to before the end of this season. Down at AAA, Aroldis Chapman, signed out of Cuba, looks like he’s going to be a top-10 prospect before the end of the season, if not at the Major League level by then. With the exception of Cueto and Chapman, however, they have not really seen a whole lot of success to this point. I’m wondering if having Jim Bowden as the GM during the 90’s or Marge Schott as the owner could have caused some of these issues.
C- would be an apt grade for the Reds in my opinion. They have a lot of hope for the future, with top starting pitchers Homer Bailey, Mike Leake, Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman to help anchor their starting rotation. While the only real star they have developed to this point was Adam Dunn, they have some bright spots in 1B Joey Votto, OF Jay Bruce, and coming prospects Todd Frazier and Yonder Alonso also provide some hope. Having Walt Jocketty around to run things is likely to help as well.