A reader e-mailed asking how the Reds first-round picks from the last 10 years were doing. The answer says a lot about where the Reds are right now:
Three are in the majors: Austin Kearns 1998, Ryan Wagner '03 and Homer Bailey '04.
Three are out of baseball: Brandon Larson '97, Ty Howington '99 and Chris Gruler '02.
Four are in the minors: David Espinosa '00, Jeremy Sowers '01, Jay Bruce '05 and Drew Stubbs '06.
The killer was Howington, Espinosa, Sowers, Gruler in consecutive years. Sowers didn't sign. The three others were busts.