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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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Monday, July 9, 2007

Four in the top 100

Top Prospect Alert has come out with its midseason Top 100. Four Reds guys made the list: 5. Homer Bailey, 6. Jay Bruce, 28. Johnny Cueto and 40. Joey Votto.

It's interesting that Cueto wasn't rated in the preseason.

Here's the link to list:

http://www.topprospectalert.com/top100baseballprospects.htm

From Jamie Ramsey:

Louisville heads into the All-Star break with a win at Toledo…The Bats rallied for 2 runs in the seventh to win…Calvin Medlock earns his first AAA win…Paul Janish makes his AAA debut…Pedro Lopez today named International League Player of the Week…Chattanooga is off for the All-Star break…Carlos Fisher, Drew Anderson and Carlos Guevara will suit up for tonight’s Southern League All-Star Game…Sarasota loses a tough one vs. Lakeland…All good things must come to an end – Mike DeJesus’ 36-game on-base streak halted (it’s the longest such streak in the league this season)…Dayton loses at South Bend…Justin Turner swinging a hot bat…Logan Parker, too…Billings gets beat vs. Helena…GCL Reds lose to the GCL Pirates.

Joey Votto and Jay Bruce shine in yesterday’s Futures Game in San Francisco.


14 Comments:

at 4:59 PM Anonymous Chris Padgett said...

I read in David Bush's article about Joey Votto that he has been getting work in left field based on the what the Red's needs are. Obviously the Reds already have 5 quality guys to share time in the outfield. How much can you take from that? Does that mean Dunn is out the door and if so who is being considered for 1st since Hatteburg/Conine are rumored to be on the block? Or are they considering moving Dunn to 1st to hide his defensive liability?

 
at 5:42 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I Votto playing left gives the Reds another option. They're listening to offers on Dunn, so it makes sense that they play Votto in left. But I don't see Votto in left and Dunn at first.

 
at 8:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

AS a life long first baseman up until high school, I find it mind numbing that Dunn can't learn to play first base. It isn't physically demanding, but requires the skill to dig out bad throws to first, field the bunt, and cut the ball off. It is more mentally demanding than anything. I am not saying anything bad about Dunn, but come on it isn't rocket science. It is the last stop before the DH in the majors. If the Reds keep Dunn they have to make him learn to be a first baseman. An outfield of Freel/Hopper, Hamilton and Griffey will score runs and play defense.

 
at 11:42 AM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

DUNN should be their first basemen. Hatteberg's recent heroics will make the Reds even less likely to consider DUNN there. Maybe if he got a burger every time he caught a short-hop throw from third or short he could be trained? I think it's inevitable that DUNN will be traded. With so many 5.00 and 6.00 ERA washed up relievers to choose from, Krivsky will probably take all summer (until the trade deadline) to make up his mind. I'd prefer Votto or Dunn at first to Hatte and despite Hatte's superb hitting of late I still maintain he is not the firstbaseman that will lead the Reds to the playoffs. But as long as the Reds are playing smart ball, I find it harder to care who is playing where. Results matter but what the REDS control is how they approach the game, mentally and physically. Too bad Dunn is apparently more interested in eating than he is at improving his fielding and hitting.

 
at 3:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing that really hurts Dunn is his lack of respect. When he said he wouldn't hit in th ehome run contest shows his lack of attention to the game. the fans would love to see him in the contest at least once. His attitude tells me he doesn't get the fact the fans pay for his ability to play. Though Reds management writes the check, the fans are his ultimate boss. Look at the Bengals, Chad Johnson gets it... Palmer gets it.

The more Dunn acts that way towards fan specific events, the more he will feel that fans don't like him... we feel that he doesn't care about his game or the people who show up to root for the Reds.

I didn't ever feel this way until recently. I always gave him the benefit of the doubt, but I guess he rather be pretty good, than work at it and rise to the level of a certain first baseman in St. Louis...

 
at 4:48 PM Anonymous JP said...

MLB should have flown in Coffey last night to pitch the home run contest. Coffey would have least made the contest lively and resembled the steroid era of home run contests.

 
at 4:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

JP, I spit out my drink reading your comments. Funniest thing I've read on here in a while.

 
at 5:04 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I'm not even sure Dunn was invited. But I don't blame him if for not going if he was. The Reds are about to start a stretch of 18 games without a day off, so he could use the rest. He's got an infant son. And the home run contest can be a bad thing for your swing, as Bobby Abreu found out.

 
at 6:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

People need to stop crying about Dunn not wanting to be in the home run derby.

 
at 6:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

but I guess he rather be pretty good, than work at it and rise to the level of a certain first baseman in St. Louis...

I hate to break it to you, but not everyone is as gifted of a player as Albert Pujols.

 
at 7:07 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

JP, that was hilarious and brilliant.

I hope Coffey read it.

Now if we can just get DUNN to participate in next year's ALL STAR eating contest...

 
at 1:51 PM Blogger Brad said...

Trade Dunn for some pitching while his average is still actually above .250. Then dump either Hatteberg or Conine, and let Votto split time at outfield and first. Here's more about Votto and teh Futures Game: http://thenewsroom.com/details/478445?c_id=wom-bc-bh - Brad from The Sports Desk at TheNewsRoom.com

 
at 4:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It drives me crazy how many posts are about trading Dunn..and how Dunn is a liability and Dunn doesn't care..etc...etc... Dunn is not the problem with this team. Dunn is on pace to have 45HRs and 108RBIs and score 102 runs. Currently he is (2nd) in HR's with 24 and (10th) in the league with 58RBI's. Does that kind of production count for nothing. Does anyone remember the days when the Reds had absolutely no pop in their lineup. We were lucky to have someone get to 20 homers. Dunn is one of a handful of players (perhaps even 1 of 3) that will average 45HRs and 100RBIs and 100 runs over the next ten years.

Just realize that it is not Dunn's fault that this team is in the cellar. It is the Cormiers, Stantons, Coffeys, Majewskis, Brays etc..etc..that have not shown up to throw like major league pitchers out of the pen. And until Krivsky fixes this bullpen the cellar is where we will remain. - MB

 
at 7:58 PM Anonymous mikec said...

AH Justin Fernandez, source of all baseball brilliance. Dunn is a pathetic defensive first baseman.

When the Reds had too many outfielders they were going to move Dunn to first for an outfield of Wily Mo, Kearns and Griffey. Dunn was actually a worse first baseman than he was an outfielder (though a better outfielder than Wily Mo, which isn't saying much).

Moving Dunn to first base is just another way to make a bad defensive team worse.

As for trading Dunn, no he isn't to blame. But you might be able to FIX the bullpen by trading him and make room for people who will drive in runners when they get on base instead of hitting nothing but solo homers.

 
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