Only two Reds dot the roster of the Futures Game today which is a little disappointing. I wish it was pitching but it's SS Chris Valaika from AA Chattanooga and 3B Switch hitting Juan Francisco.
Valaika is batting .292 with 8 homers and 28 RBI in AA and .363 in A ball this year. Franciso is batting .268 in Sarasota. He's got some pop with 12 homers and 55 RBI. He has 83 Ks and only 7 walks this season. He's got a long way to go.
Just as a note, Oakland has three pitchers in this game. Why are they always so loaded with young pitching. No wonder they could trade Rich Harden away. Maybe the Reds need to hire Billy Bean.
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