I remember watching the Reds in 1987 and seeing a young second basemen hit line drive after line drive in a September call up and I was sure I was watching the emergence of a baseball stud. In fairness, he did bat .333 in 84 at bats- with that large sample size how could he not be the second baseman of the future? I was not the only one who was in love with the University of Georgia prospect, I remember Johnny Bench talking about Treadway's swing reminding him of a young George Brett. With that praise from Bench in the back of my mind, I was sure that Jeff was a future all-star for the Reds and even predicted a batting title in his immediate future.
Unfortunately, Jeff ended up being injury prone and the only way his hitting resembled George Brett was the Louisville Slugger insignia that emblazoned both of their bats. After a disappointing year,Treadway was quietly traded away to Atlanta in 1989 and he only hit .300 one other time in his career. I could tell early on in my career as a Reds fan, that I was not an adept talent scout
A shortlist of other Reds players I incorrectly perceived as destined for fame were, Kal Daniels, Rolando Roomes, and Kurt Stillwell. Perhaps the Stillwell assessment was the worst. I actually wanted the Reds to keep Stillwell over Larkin, man I really cannot judge talent.
Who were your "Jeff Treadways"? Which Reds players were you sure were destined for accolades only to fall short?