Progress of Reds No. 1 picks
While I was dutifully following the MLB Draft Tracker today for later round Reds picks, Jamie Ramsey of the Reds sent an email detailing the progress of the past five Reds first-round picks (not counting 2009 selection RHP Mike Leake)
2008: 1B Yonder Alonso, 22, (AA-Carolina) overall this season is batting .285 with 7 HR and 41 RBI in 56 games with AA-Carolina and A-Sarasota…this is his first full pro season.
2007: C Devin Mesoraco, 20, (A-Sarasota) batting .211 with 4 HR and 18 RBI in 46 games this season with A-Sarasota.
2006: OF Drew Stubbs, 24, (AAA-Louisville) batting .291 with 2 HR, 19 RBI, 21 R and 19 SB this season with Louisville.
2005: OF Jay Bruce, 23, is the Reds starting right fielder.
2004: RHP Homer Bailey, 23, (AAA-Louisville) twice this season was named International League Pitcher of the Week…has made 18 Major League starts.
Are you happy with the Reds recent string of Reds first-round picks? Taking Jamie’s work a step further, here are some of the other previous Reds first-rounders that were flops:
2003: RHP Ryan Wagner (retired a few weeks ago)
2002: RHP Chris Gruler (injured and out of baseball without reaching MLB)
2001: LHP Jeremy Sowers (did not sign, re-drafted by Indians in 2004)
2000: SS David Espinosa (never reached MLB, in independent ball in 2008)