Friday, June 8, 2012

All-time Reds draft roster

Cincinnati took Bench with their second pick
in the 1965 Draft. That turned out to be a
very, very good decision.

David Schoenfield, who writes the SweetSpot blog on ESPN.com, has been hard at work publishing a series of all-time draft rosters for every MLB team. On the eve of the Draft on Monday, he released his selections for all six NL Central franchises.

Here's the roster he built for the Redlegs:

Cincinnati Reds

C -- Johnny Bench
1B -- Joey Votto
2B -- Ron Oester
3B -- Chris Sabo
SS -- Barry Larkin
OF -- Paul O'Neill
OF -- Eric Davis
OF -- Ken Griffey Sr.
DH -- Hal McRae
SP -- Gary Nolan
SP -- Don Gullett
SP -- Tom Browning
SP -- Charlie Leibrandt
SP -- Milt Wilcox
RP -- Trevor Hoffman

Other outfielders drafted by the Reds: Danny Tartabull, Kal Daniels, Reggie Sanders, Adam Dunn and Jay Bruce. In the late '70s and early '80s, under scouting director Joe Bowen and GM Dick Wagner, the Reds had an impressive run of outfielders: in 1978, Gary Redus (1,159 career games, .342 OBP); in 1980, Tartabull (262 home runs, 965 RBIs) in the third round and Davis (282 home runs, 934 RBIs, 349 SB) in the eighth; in 1981, O'Neill (281 home runs, 1,269 RBIs) in the third round; in 1982, Daniels in the first round of the June secondary. If you're too young to remember, Daniels was a terrific hitter -- .320 as a rookie, .334 in his second season, led the NL in OBP in his third year, but his career was wrecked by knee injuries. Anyway, Bowen had been the Reds' scouting director since 1969 and after the team lost 100 games in 1982 no longer held the position. He'd worked for the club for 29 years before taking over as scouting director, so I'm guessing he was pretty old by 1982 and maybe retired. As for Hoffman, he never played for the Reds. Originally drafted as a shortstop out of the University of Arizona in 1989, he converted to pitching in 1991 and was selected by the Marlins in the expansion draft.

That's a pretty impressive list if I may say so myself. I wonder how this team would stack up against opposing all-time draft rosters?

To view the rosters for the Cubs, Cardinals, Brewers, Pirates and Astros, please go here.

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