The Cincinnati Reds

Over the past couple years I've been keeping my eye on the Reds, and what they've been building over there, and just recently I realized how stock piled there organization is right now. I know alot of you are probably thinking that I'm just saying that, because of the recent Aroldis Chapman signing, but to you people I say no. The Reds know what they're doing, and if you have'nt noticed they're building a contender for years to come. I don't know that they have any one player that's going to make a huge splash, but they have great depth at all positions, and look to be well set up for many years to come. They're also making some nice veteran acquisitions to help bridge the gap, and help the prospects come along. As long as none of them block playing time I think it will work out great for them. Lets take a look at a possible 2011-2012 lineup...

Catcher: Yonder Alonso (power hitting 1st basemen making a possible move to catcher this year; 1st round pick in 08, and was late signing, but has come on as of late), Ramon Hernandez (experienced veteran starter/backup), Ryan Hanigan, and Devin Moresco (top prospects in the lower minors).

1st base: Joey Votto (looks like hes developed into a middle fo the order consistant 30/100 guy), Yonder Alonso (top prospect)

2nd base: Brandon Phillips (power hitting secondbasemen with a gold glove), Todd Frazier (top prospect)

Shortstop: Orlando Cabrera (just signed; veteran experience), Paul Janish (above average glove), Zack Cozart (top prospect)

3rd base: Scott Rolen (veteran experience; still has a decent bat, and above average D), Juan Francisco (power hitting prospect), Adam Rosales (average prospect; can play multiple positions)

Left field: Todd Frazier (top prospect; most likely end up in LF, but can play multiple positions), Chris Heisey (top prospect)

Center field: Drew Stubbs (top prospect), Willy Tavares (veteran experience; nice off the bench guy)

Right field: Jay Bruce

Starting pitching: Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman, Homer Bailey, Mike Leake, Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo


Looks to me the Reds are well setup, and should be ready to compete as soon as this year. Wish I could say the same for the Pirates, but hopefully after another year of development, and another draft we can be in as good a position as the Reds right now....What do you guys think? Are we better off than the Reds? Are we close?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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