I am having some serious computer issues lately. I am in the process of transferring all of my files to another hard drive so I can just format and start over on my main computer. However the process is taking days to complete meaning that I don’t have access to some of the files that I need to have access to for some of the articles I do. I usually do the Minor League Team Progress Reports on Monday’s but the file I use to track down all the games and charts is on the other computer and I don’t have Excel installed on this laptop (which I really should fix…. but for now, haven’t) so it is going to have to wait until next week. I also have video from Bakersfield on that computer, but I just can’t get to it and use it with this computer. Very frustrating.

If you have wanted to grab a copy of the 2011 Prospect Guide and DVD, I lowered the price. I have about 15 copies left, so grab one while you can. All of the money from those goes back into the travel budget.

I know it has been talked about in the comments, but I thought I would toss it out here as well and get a little more central discussion on Jim Bowden’s talk about the Reds being a fit for acquiring Jose Reyes. Personally, I think his trade proposal was insane. Jose Reyes is a very good player, having a very good season so far. But his contract is up at the end of the season. You simply can’t give up all of the talent that he was talking about giving up. It would be one thing to give up say Billy Hamilton and a few lesser prospects, but for Hamilton to be one of the lesser players in the deal would be overkill paying for a rental player. Jose Reyes would be insane to sign an extension without testing free agency. He will be a free agent at 28 years old and in his prime for the first part of that deal. Someone is going to give him a long contract worth 3 figures. If the Reds were going to acquire Jose Reyes June 1st, what would you say is a fair trade to make?

The Pensacola team that will become the Reds AA affiliate organized a trip to take in a Carolina Mudcats game later this month on the road. You can read more about it here, but I think it is a very awesome thing that the team has put together to help build up some excitement for the team that they will be getting in 2012.

The Pensacola team currently is without a name, but they are down to a handful of finalists that you can vote on to help decide the name of the team. Go check it out and toss your vote in.

John Sickels has up his first 2011 Mock Draft. He has the Reds taking LHP Josh Osich from Oregon State. Here is a scouting report on him:  Mid 90’s fastball that reached 97-98 at times. Solid change up. He doesn’t throw much of a breaking ball at this point. He used to throw one before he had Tommy John Surgery (2010), but hasn’t really brought it back much.

For the season Osich has a 3.08 ERA in 61.1 innings with 24 walks and 62 strikeouts.

What do you guys think about a guy like that in the late first round? Big arm, but has an injury history and may profile better as a reliever.

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