Reds Stay The Course
CINCINNATI—Stability has helped the Reds improve in scouting and player development, a trend that should continue after the team signed general manager Walt Jocketty to a three-year extension that will keep him as the head of the baseball operation through the 2014 season.
"We've made a lot of progress in this organization," Jocketty said. "But we have a long way to go. It was good to sit down with (owner) Mr. (Bob) Castellini and work this out. We want to grow this organization to point where we're perennial contenders."
Jocketty has kept a lot of the staff that was in place when he arrived. Bob Miller remains as assistant general manager. Chris Buckley still heads the scouting operation. Jocketty added Jerry Walker, his top scout from the Cardinals, as well as former GMs Bill Bavasi and Cam Bonifay.
"I have a good staff," Jocketty said. "Our support staff is very good—the PR (department), the clubhouse people, the traveling secretary. It's a good organization. We're on the verge of being a good organization for a long time.
"As I told Mr. Castellini, I want to make sure that we build this thing into a first-class organization, so people want to come here to work and come here to play. We're not that far away."
Jocketty, 60, joined the Reds in January 2008 as a special adviser. He was promoted to president of baseball operations and GM three months later. The organization Jocketty inherited was moving in the right direction. The previous GMs—Dan O'Brien and Wayne Krivsky—beefed up the scouting and player-development departments and got the Reds back into scouting the Caribbean.
"We're going to have to work hard this winter to do what we have to do to get (ready) for next year," Jocketty said. "I really don't think we're that far away."
• Righthander Brad Boxberger's first seven outs in the Arizona Fall League were all strikeouts. In two relief appearances, Boxberger threw 2 1⁄3 scoreless innings with two walks, one hit and a save.
• Shortstop Billy Hamilton will play in the Puerto Rican League. "We want to accelerate his development without wearing him out," said Bavasi, the club's vice president of scouting, player development and international operations.