Thursday, May 17, 2001
Reds look for speed in draft
Lefty hitters also a target
By Chris Haft
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Though much is subject to change and chance in baseball's amateur draft, the Reds will closely consider prospects with speed when they make their selections June 5-7.
Looking down the road, we need a true center fielder somebody who can steal bases, scouting director Kasey McKeon said.
This doesn't mean the Reds are looking to replace Ken Griffey Jr. already. Usually, center fielders are able to adapt to either corner. But the organization is short on base-stealing threats. Last year's top two minor-league thieves, infielder Wilmy Caceres (36 steals at Double-A Chattanooga) and outfielder Kimera Bartee (28 at Triple-A Louisville) no longer are in the system.
With an eye toward moving into Great American Ball Park in 2003, the Reds will continue to favor left-handers sluggers to take aim at the anticipated right-field porch and pitchers to prevent opponents from doing the same.
That hasn't been implemented into our policies, but it's something to think about, McKeon said.
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