The Reds hope top pick Mike Leake can make a quick assent through the minors and become an impact arm in the rotation very soon.
Doug Gray has a list of the players the Reds drafted but did not sign (as of early yesterday evening)
I havent heard anything about any of these guys signing by the deadline though. The big losses are the high school shortstops Devan Marrero and Steven Perez. They were both considered top prep shortstops coming into the draft but had strong commitments to attend college and would only sign for a tremendous bonus. With 2nd round pick Billy Hamilton in the fold though, losing these guys isnt a huge loss. I have to think the Reds did pretty darn well this year.
Rob Neyer has an excerpt from Poz's upcoming book The Machine
It talks about the witch doctoring that the Reds did to try to help Gary Nolan overcome his pain. (HINT: It didn't work). Hat Tip: RLN
A few Reds players spent the day at Kings Island yesterday
Daniel Ray Herrera was stuck riding the tram all day because he wasnt tall enough to ride any of the roller coasters. He did get a cotton candy though, which made him feel better.
Daedalus is really disappointed that baseball will not be a part of the Olympics any time soon
She thinks the lack of funding for emerging baseball programs will cripple the sport's sprouting international appeal. Cant say as I disagree. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
RJ Anderson at FanGraphs defends draft picks who try to get everything they can when negotiating their signing bonuses
For the vast majority of these kids, this will be their one big score. Most wont even make it to the big leagues, and even fewer of those will make it to free agency. All the sudden, holding out for that extra 200K doesnt seem so stupid.
Tom Verducci thinks ejections are a more common occurance this season
He says ejections are up 14% from last season, and I'm sure Joey Votto has a thing or two to say about it.