Originally written on Reds Minor Leagues  |  Last updated 10/20/14
Today it has been speculated that Aroldis Chapman is moving back to the closers role. Among a lot of the heated talk over such a move, someone pointed out that the last four Reds top prospects according to Baseball America have all been “jerked around” and that the Cincinnati Reds have had a tough time working with the whole idea of winning now and making good decisions for the future. Let’s talk about this for a second on a player by player basis. After 2008 Baseball America named Yonder Alonso as the Reds #1 prospect. He was a first baseman who could hit, but he was behind some guy named Votto who had just put up a very strong season at the Major League level in his rookie season. The Reds had a problem of having two quality first baseman. Eventually, once Alonso seemed “ready” .296/.364/.478 in two seasons with Louisville the Reds asked the more athletic and more experienced (albeit limited experience) Joey Votto to move to left field so they could retain Yonder Alonso. Joey Vott...
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