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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

On the draft

Three or four years from now I may have been proven absolutely wrong, but I like what the Reds did with the first two picks in the draft.

A good catcher can be the foundation of a franchise. Devin Mesoraco, the high kid from Punxsutawney, Pa., the Reds took No. 1, is a smart, athletic and probably would have gone higher if he didn't have "Tommy John" surgery two years ago. And it sounds like he wants to sign.

Todd Frazier, the shortstop from Rutgers the Reds took No. 2, background is a little like last year's No. 3 pick Chris Valaika. Frazier played at high level very successfully for a long time from the Little League World Series to Team USA.

That said, you never know with a baseball draft.

"I think it went well hopefully," scouting director Chris Buckley said. "We got a whole bunch of players we like. We think it turned out pretty good."

After taking four position players, a catcher and three pitchers on Day 1, Buckley expects to go heavily on pitching in the draft's second day.


at 11:25 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Here's why you don't draft a position player when you have such lousy pitching:

Jose Reyes College ZERO Draft ZERO

Go get some more from the Dominican Republic (the gold mine of Latin American talent), position players that is!

I hope I'm wrong but I'll bet you that some of those 9 pitchers picked after the 1-armed catcher are going to be winning or saving plenty of games each seasons.

Nice pitching tonight though! Glad we got the first of our twice-weekly wins in before Homer's debut!

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