Friday, February 29, 2008

Bottom 2 - Rays at Reds

If you like highly touted young talent, these are the team for you. Baseball American says they have the best two farm systems in terms of talent. The Rays are No. 1 and the Reds No. 2. Reds top prospect Jay Bruce is not in the lineup today. He's a toolsy center fielder and former first-round pick, who you will be hearing plenty about this year and the future. While Bruce didn't make an appearance Joey Votto, a promising power-hitting first baseman is playing for the Reds. He might be a year away, but a good camp could change that.

The Rays, of course, sent Evan Longoria, the No. 2 prospect in baseball, out to third base. He, too, is trying to earn a spot in the opening day lineup. The Rays, by the way, sent a pretty good group on the trip, CC, Aki, Bartlett, Longoria, Upton, Gomes and Pena all here and in the game. Jackson allows a single to Adam Dunn, but has little trouble retiring the rest of the Reds side in the second as we head to the third in a scoreless tie.

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