2011 Rookies to Watch; National League Edition

by Chuck

This two part series is not an attempt to define the best prospect on each team, I believe each of us would have no problem finding a listing or two without much effort if we truly wanted to find the information.

This is an attempt to identify the one guy who make the most impact to his team in 2011. If you are looking for my predictions for Rookie of the Year, you can stop reading now, if you are looking for a late round sleeper in your Fantasy Draft or to win an argument with the guy who sits next to you at the office, then this is for you.

Because position battles vary by team, as do overall organizational strength and talent, some teams have more potential candidates than do some others. Kansas City, for example, is loaded with pitching prospects, but none are close to being ML ready, so even though the major league rotation is sub-standard, most won’t be considered.

National League today, American in a few days, alphabetical by team.

The Candidates;

Arizona Diamondbacks: RSP Jarrod Parker, LHRP Wade Miley, RHRP Kam Mickolio, OF Colin Cowgill.

Mickolio is the choice here because he’s had a taste of the majors in each of the past three years with Baltimore, and because he was a key in the Mark Reynolds trade. It was important for Arizona to land bullpen help in the Reynolds deal, it would be hard to fathom they’d make the deal and have Mickolio spend the season closing in Reno. Mickolio’s an intimidating (he’s 6′9″) righthander with a power fastball and breaking ball and should see important, quality innings right from opening day.

Atlanta Braves: 1B Freddie Freeman, RP Craig Kimbrel, RHSP Brandon Beachy, LHSP Mike Minor.

While Freeman is expected to be the opening day starter at first base and with Minor all but penciled in as the fifth starter, my choice here is Kimbrel, who posted solid numbers in his twenty-one game trial in Atlanta’s bullpen after Billy Wagner went down with an injury. Kimbrel takes over for Wagner as the full-time closer for 2011 and with Atlanta considered a post-season candidate, Kimbrel will have to contribute early and often.

Chicago Cubs: CF Brett Jackson, RHSP Chris Carpenter, 2B Darwin Barney, LHRP Scott Maine, RHSP Jay Jackson, RHSP Esmailan Caridad.

If not for the injury Brett Jackson suffered playing in the Arizona Fall League, he’d have a shot at a starting role right out of the gate. If Carpenter pitches well in Iowa’s AAA rotation he could see second half action out of the Cubs’ bullpen and be in position for a rotation spot in 2012. The guy to watch, however, is Darwin Barney. He’s a shortstop by trade and actually led PCL shortstops in FP in 2010, but he does have experience at second and is blocked by Starlin Castro at shortstop in Chicago. With utililty players Jeff Baker and Blake DeWitt the only second base candidates on the forty man roster, the likelihood of Barney winning the job earlier rather than later are pretty good.

Cincinnati Reds: LHRP Aroldis Chapman, C Devin Mesoraco, SS Zack Cozart, INF/OF Todd Frazier, LHRP Donnie Joseph, SS Chris Valaika, OF Dave Sappelt, RHSP Sam Lecure.

The heralded Chapman and the equally unknown Lecure are both certain bets to land spots in Cincinnati’s opening day bullpen. Incumbent catcher Ramon Hernandez was brought back on a one year contract to allow Mesoraco additional development time but his AFL performance showed he may not need a year. Frazier can be a valuable utility player who can play everywhere but catcher and pitcher. Rookie Paul Janish played decently enough, but not enough to prevent the Reds from bringing in World Series hero Edgar Renteria as competition. The bet here is Janish starts early, Renteria takes over for a short while, with Cozart grabbing the starting role around, say, July first.

Colorado Rockies: LHSP Christian Friedrich, LHRP Rex Brothers, OF Charlie Blackmon, C Jordan Pacheco, LHRP Matt Reynolds, OF Cole Garner, 2B Chris Nelson.

The Rockies have problems at two positions heading into the spring; second base, with Eric Young Jr. penciled in as the starter, and at closer, where Huston Street has battled injuries and inconsistencies the past two years. Lefty Rex Brothers, a Billy Wagner clone, is the heir apparent to the closer’s role, and former shortstop Chris Nelson ready to take over at second. The Rockies brought in former Mariner Jose Lopez as infield insurance, plus Nelson has a minor league option remaining, so he doesn’t have to make the team. The one guy who will, however, based off his strong performance the second half of last year, is Reynolds. He appeared in twenty-one games last year for the Rox, pitching eighteen innings and posting a 0.83 WHIP, so he’s the pick here.

Florida Marlins: 3B Matt Dominguez, SS Osvaldo Martinez, CF Scott Cousins, LHRP Mike Dunn, C Brett Hayes, RHRP Jhan Martinez, RHSP Elih Villanueva, RHRP Steve Cishek, OF Bryan Petersen.

The Marlins led Major League Baseball in 2010 in using a franchise record twenty-one rookies, a trend which likely will continue in 2011. While they won’t get the impact from last year, every guy on this list could see ML action during the season. Dunn has major league experience and is virtually assured a role in the bullpen. Hayes as well has ML experience and with backup catcher John Baker recovering from Tommy John surgery could see action behind John Buck. I’m going with Cousins here for a couple of reasons. First, he’s a good player, he is versatile enough and has enough skills to be able to play each outfield position. Second, the Marlins reallly don’t want Wes Helms playing everyday at third base, conversely, they don’t necessarily want Chris Coghlan playing everyday in center, either. Centerfield is Cousins best position, third base is Coghlan’s, and coming off the bench suits Helms, and Florida, best at this stage of his career. Really doesn’t seem like a tough call, does it?

Houston Astros: RHSP Jordan Lyles, OF J.D. Martinez, RHSP Aneury Rodriguez, LHRP Fernando Abad, RHRP Henry Villar, OF Brian Bogusevic.

While super prospect Lyles probably will see Houston at some point, and while Abad and Villar each could make Houston’s bullpen right from the start, the two guys I’m watching here are Rodriguez and Bogusevic. Rodriguez will battle journeymen Ryan Rowland-Smith and Nelson Figueroa for the fifth starter spot, but my pick is Bogusevic. A guy who took the Rick Ankiel career path, top prospect as a pitcher, then all the way back to Rookie ball to learn the outfield and hitting, then all the way back up. As is stands now, Houston’s three OF starters and top two primary backups are all righthanded hitters, Bogusevic is a lefty. He can also play first base, and with Brett Wallace still being a question mark could see time there when, not if, Wallace struggles.

Los Angeles Dodgers: SS Dee Gordon, RHSP Rubby De La Rosa, LF Jerry Sands, LHRP Scott Elbert, RHRP Kenley Jansen, RHRP Javy Guerra.

The obvious choice here would seem to be Jansen, the former catcher turned setup man who turned heads and opened eyes with his 0.68 ERA and 1.00 WHIP for the Dodgers last year in twenty-five appearances. Elbert also has major league experience, turning in a total of thirty appearances since 2008, but the guy on my radar is Sands. The Dodgers 2010 Minor League Player of the Year, Sands is primarily a left fielder, although he can play both infield corners. With a LF platoon of Marcus Thames and Tony Gwynn Jr., it won’t take much for Sands to get a shot if either falters, although probably not until the second half.

Milwaukee Brewers: RHSP Amaury Rivas, OF Caleb Gindl, OF Logan Schafer, RHRP Mike McClendon, RHRP Brandon Kintzler.

Milwaukee’s farm system was the worst in baseball BEFORE the Zack Greinke trade. The fact that Kintzler, a 40th round draft pick from 2004 is a consideration should tell you just how barren the system really is. If the Brewers decide to carry five outfielders, the choice likely would come from either Gindl or Schafer. Schafer has the highest ceiling, Gindl is the most versatile. McClendon is the choice here, he was impressive in a brief, seventeen game trial last season and should inherit the middle relief role the Brewers had targeted for the dispatched Jeremy Jeffress.

New York Mets: RF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, 2B Reese Havens, CF Fernando Martinez, 1B Lucas Duda, RHSP Dillon Gee, 2B Brad Emaus, RHRP Manny Alvarez, RHSP Pedro Beato.

The problem here is everyone on this list is a candidate. Beato and Emaus are Rule V guys, Gee is the fifth starter, Alvarez could be the last guy in the pen if Beato doesn’t make the team in the spring, and Martinez is still hanging around, albeit this time without the protection of Omar Minaya. Duda had some ML time last year but he can only play two positions, first base and left field, and neither he plays well enough to be a regular. The presence of Jason Bay and Ike Davis deems that point moot anyway, leaving Duda’s role as a lefty pinch-hitter at best. The intriguing guy here for me is Nieuwenhuis. I had honestly not heard of him until his appearance this past fall in the AFL, and I was impressed. He can play all three outfield positions and is a lefty hitter, which the Mets desperately need. He’s a non-roster guy, so he’ll have to have an impressive spring to beat someone out, but it’s possible. He’s a low risk/high reward type of player who fits right into Sandy Alderson’s mode of player.

Philadelphia Phillies: RF Domonic Brown, RHSP Vance Worley, LHRP Antonio Bastardo, RHRP Scott Mathieson, RHP Justin DeFratus.

The appearance of Brown on this list would give the impression he’s my pick but I’m not as high on him as some others, and his poor performance during Winter Ball and his so-what attitude surrounding almost guarantees he starts the season in AAA. If the Phillies trade Joe Blanton, then Worley becomes the fifth starter, but with a front four like the Phillies have their fifth starter could be Bugs Bunny and no one would care. I’m a Bastardo fan if for no other reason than his name but the presence of JC Romero means another year closing in Lehigh Valley. The guy for me is Mathieson. You have to respect a guy who’s had three elbow surgeries, including two TJ’s, in the past four years. Once considered a potential front of the rotation starter, Mathieson is right now the heir apparent to Brad Lidge and should see significant, meaningful innings out of the pen.

Pittsburgh Pirates: RHSP Bryan Morris, LHSP Rudy Owens, OF Alex Presley, INF Josh Rodriguez, SS Pedro Ciriaco, LHRP Daniel Moskos.

The Pirates, as of right now, have no designated closer, leaving the position open for battle. Moskos has major league experience and racked up twenty-one saves at AA Altoona last year. Rodriguez is a Rule V pickup from Cleveland and should easily make the team as the primary infield reserve.

St. Louis Cardinals: UT Allen Craig, RHSP Lance Lynn, RHSP PJ Walters, RHSP Adam Ottavino, RHRP Fernando Salas, 2B Daniel Descalso, SS Pete Kozma, 3B Matt Carpenter.

With news breaking today of the likelihood of ace Adam Wainright missing the season with an elbow injury, it brings to the forefront the possibility of the Cardinals staying in-house for rotation help. Lynn, Walters and Ottavino are all major league ready, or close to it, with Walters and Ottavino already having ML experience. It was announced on Tuesday that utility infielder Nick Punto will miss up to three months after undergoing surgery, which could see Skip Schumacher taking over the utility role with Descalso starting at second. Another possibility would be Chambers at third, with David Freese the super sub. While it’s unlikely he’d start at the hot corner, long-time Tony LaRussa fav Allen Craig is a lock to make the team as the primary corner INF/OF reserve.

San Diego Padres: RHSP Cory Luebke, RHSP Simon Castro, RHRP George Kontos’

Not much meat on this bone, Luebke is penciled in as the fourth starter, Kontos is a Rule V guy who’ll be the bottom of the bullpen guy. Take your pick.

San Francisco Giants: 1B Brandon Belt, OF Thomas Neal, 3B Conor Gillaspie, OF Darren Ford, RHRP Henry Sosa.

One would assume Belt the obvious choice here, excepting the Giants, who inexplicably resigned both Aubrey Huff and Pat Burrell during the off-season. The only scenario which works for the Giants is if Pablo Sandoval plays himself into a starting role in Fresno, which would either move Mark DeRosa to third and Huff to left, or Huff to third and DeRosa to a reserve role. Gillaspie would be a possibility if the Giants decided to give Belt additional AAA time. I’ll go with Belt anyway, he’ll impact at some point.

Washington Nationals: 2B Danny Espinosa, RHRP Cole Kimball, RHSP Yunesky Maya, LHSP Tom Milone, RHSP AJ Morris.

The Nationals recently DFA’d starter candidate Luis Atilano, which gives thirty year old Cuban import Maya the fifth spot in the rotation. Both Morris and Milone are just a phone call away and each could get the call if he, or John Lannan, falter. Kimball should see some ML work this season as he is on pace to take over the setup role for Drew Storen. My guy is Danny Espinosa. I saw him in the AFL in 2009 and he has some Dustin Pedroia in him, an aggressive, take no prisoners approach on every pitch. I’m not anointing him my ROY selection, but you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t pay attention to him.

American League in a few days..let the debates begin.

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  1. John Says:

    Sweet stuff, Chuck.

    I’m with you on the Brewers farm system. I don’t think we had a single prospect in the top 100, right?

    We better win this year, because unless Ryan Braun plans on roiding up and becoming Barry Bonds, it’s gonna be a long few years.

  2. Cameron Says:

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention much on Matt Dominguez, he seems to be a lock for everyday 3B by year’s end.

    And with Waino gone, St. Louis pretty much lost all hope of competing in the Central. Worse? If he doesn’t start this season, Wainwright’s option doesn’t vest and St. Louis both him and Pujols by year’s end.

  3. Cameron Says:

    Also, reading the BA top 100 prospects right now.

    Chuck, Bryce Harper is #1.

    …Also, don’t have a complete headcount yet, but the Royals have 5 in the top 20 (3 in the top 10) alone. Hosmer, Moustakas, Myers (8, 9, 10) and Lamb and Montgomery (18 and 19)

  4. Cameron Says:

    After a head count… The Royals tied BA’s record of 9 in the top 100.

    #8 – Eric Hosmer, 1B
    #9 – Mike Moustakas, 3B
    #10 – Wil Myers, RF
    #18 – John Lamb, LHSP
    #19 – Mike Montgomery, LHSP
    #51 – Christian Colon, SS
    #68 – Danny Duffy, LHSP
    #69 – Jake Odorizzi, RHSP
    #83 – Chris Dwyer, LHSP

  5. Cameron Says:

    Oh shit, the old record is a tie of the ‘06 Dodgers and ‘00 Marlins at 8 each. We actually set the new record after all.

  6. Chuck Says:

    Cameron,

    With Helms, Emilio Bonafacio, and Coghlan on the roster, Dominguez’ only chance this year is as a September call-up. He won’t get any ROY votes and certainly won’t help your fantasy team.

    Jeffress didn’t make the top 100?

    I’m shocked.

    “I don’t think we had a single prospect in the top 100, right?”

    Nope. Pretty barren system now.

    Baseball America has three editors who vote for the prospect lists.

    Two picked Mike Trout.

    I guess the boss picked Harper.

    If I’m an employee of BA, I’m embarrassed right now.

    Just goes to show you how much advertising dollars and subsidy payments can affect things, even if they aren’t public.

    Sad.

  7. Cameron Says:

    I listened to the podcast, two picked Harper and one picked Trout, all agreed the two are a coin-flip.

  8. Cameron Says:

    And Matt Dominguez’s toughest competition is Wes Helms and Emilio Bonifacio, two guys who are bad as bench bats, and Chris Coghlan, a guy who could end up in at least 4 different positions (LF/CF/2B/3B), I could see them giving Dominguez a serious look as a July callup.

  9. Cameron Says:

    And lo and behold, the complete Top 100 for the curious. I did the same thing with mlb.com, might as well.

    1. Bryce Harper, of, Nationals
    2. Mike Trout, of, Angels
    3. Jesus Montero, c, Yankees
    4. Domonic Brown, of, Phillies
    5. Julio Teheran, rhp, Braves
    6. Jeremy Hellickson, rhp, Rays
    7. Aroldis Chapman, lhp, Reds
    8. Eric Hosmer, 1b, Royals
    9. Mike Moustakas, 3b, Royals
    10. Wil Myers, of/c, Royals
    11. Jameson Taillon, rhp, Pirates
    12. Dustin Ackley, 2b, Mariners
    13. Shelby Miller, rhp, Cardinals
    14. Manny Machado, ss, Orioles
    15. Matt Moore, lhp, Rays
    16. Michael Pineda, rhp, Mariners
    17. Freddie Freeman, 1b, Braves
    18. John Lamb, lhp, Royals
    19. Mike Montgomery, lhp, Royals
    20. Chris Sale, lhp, White Sox
    21. Jacob Turner, rhp, Tigers
    22. Desmond Jennings, of, Rays
    23. Brandon Belt, 1b, Giants
    24. Martin Perez, lhp, Rangers
    25. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3b, Indians
    26. Dee Gordon, ss, Dodgers
    27. Chris Archer, rhp, Rays
    28. Zach Britton, lhp, Orioles
    29. Kyle Drabek, rhp, Blue Jays
    30. Gary Sanchez, c, Yankees
    31. Casey Kelly, rhp, Padres
    32. Tyler Matzek, lhp, Rockies
    33. Jarrod Parker, rhp, Diamondbacks
    34. Kyle Gibson, rhp, Twins
    35. Randall Delgado, rhp, Braves
    36. Travis d’Arnaud, c, Blue Jays
    37. Mike Minor, lhp, Braves
    38. Brett Jackson, of, Cubs
    39. Jonathan Singleton, 1b/of, Phillies
    40. Brett Lawrie, 2b, Blue Jays
    41. Manny Banuelos, lhp, Yankees
    42. Jordan Lyles, rhp, Astros
    43. Dellin Betances, rhp, Yankees
    44. Jenrry Mejia, rhp, Mets
    45. Aaron Hicks, of, Twins
    46. Tony Sanchez, c, Pirates
    47. Alex White, rhp, Indians
    48. Trey McNutt, rhp, Cubs
    49. Wilin Rosario, c, Rockies
    50. Billy Hamilton, ss/2b, Reds
    51. Christian Colon, ss, Royals
    52. Jose Iglesias, ss, Red Sox
    53. Nick Franklin, ss/2b, Mariners
    54. Jason Kipnis, 2b, Indians
    55. Zack Wheeler, rhp, Giants
    56. Brody Colvin, rhp, Phillies
    57. Jean Segura, 2b, Angels
    58. Simon Castro, rhp, Padres
    59. Wilmer Flores, ss, Mets
    60. Miguel Sano, 3b/ss, Twins
    61. Drew Pomeranz, lhp, Indians
    62. Zack Cox, 3b, Cardinals
    63. Grant Green, ss, Athletics
    64. Derek Norris, c, Nationals
    65. Nick Castellanos, 3b, Tigers
    66. Danny Espinosa, ss/2b, Nationals
    67. Anthony Ranaudo, rhp, Red Sox
    68. Danny Duffy, lhp, Royals
    69. Jake Odorizzi, rhp, Royals
    70. Jarred Cosart, rhp, Phillies
    71. Jake McGee, lhp, Rays
    72. Devin Mesoraco, c, Reds
    73. Yonder Alonso, 1b/of, Reds
    74. Jurickson Profar, ss, Rangers
    75. Anthony Rizzo, 1b, Padres
    76. Tyler Chatwood, rhp, Angels
    77. Cesar Puello, of, Mets
    78. Andrew Brackman, rhp, Yankees
    79. Stetson Allie, rhp, Pirates
    80. Nolan Arenado, 3b, Rockies
    81. Matt Dominguez, 3b, Marlins
    82. Tyler Skaggs, lhp, Diamondbacks
    83. Chris Dwyer, lhp, Royals
    84. Tanner Scheppers, rhp, Rangers
    85. Brent Morel, 3b/ss, White Sox
    86. Craig Kimbrel, rhp, Braves
    87. Andy Oliver, lhp, Tigers
    88. Josh Sale, of, Rays
    89. Zach Lee, rhp, Dodgers
    90. Rubby de la Rosa, rhp, Dodgers
    91. Chris Carter, 1b/of, Athletics
    92. Hak-Ju Lee, ss, Rays
    93. Arodys Vizcaino, rhp, Braves
    94. Jonathan Villar, ss, Astros
    95. Deck McGuire, rhp, Blue Jays
    96. Wilson Ramos, c, Nationals
    97. Drake Britton, lhp, Red Sox
    98. Austin Romine, c, Yankees
    99. Matt Davidson, 3b, Diamondbacks
    100. Joe Benson, of, Twins

  10. Chuck Says:

    The issue with Dominguez isn’t his glove, but his bat.

    He struggled with consistency in AA last year, and has no AAA experience. I think the Marlins are more concerned with how the potential for failure initially at the ML level could have a long term effect on him.

    Sort of like Alex Gordon.

    The Marlins don’t NEED Dominguez to contribute this year, so unless Helms/Coghlan fail at third, or Cousins fails in center, I don’t see him as anything more than a September call-up.

    Especially considering Dominguez isn’t on the 40 man roster.

  11. Chuck Says:

    Test results are back on Wainwright.

    Injury is described as “significant.”

    Twelve to eighteen month rehab.

    Ouch.

  12. Cameron Says:

    Really? I heard the reports on Matty being fairly positive on offense. Fucked if I’m wrong though, but I suppose it’d be mostly upside.

    …Yeah, that’s a Tommy John rehab time right there. I don’t see Waino back until 2012, maybe 2013. On another team.

    Bonus though, with added velocity, he’ll face-fuck the league with a couple MPH tacked onto his stuff.

  13. Chuck Says:

    Did you know Dominguez was a high school teammate of Mike Moustakas?

    Dominguez was played third, Moose was the shortstop.

  14. Chuck Says:

    He’s OK, Cameron.

    I just don’t think the Marlins should rush the kid for no reason, it’s not like they’re going to contend this year.

    Last thing they want is to mess up the kid’s head all because of a couple of hundred at bats.

    Sort of like Alex Gordon.

  15. Cameron Says:

    …Is it wrong that Moose at shortstop makes me laugh? And I just rememberd Mark Trumbo was first base for that team, too. Is it just me, or is that school onto something?

    …And yeah, Alex Gordon comparisons. Should we move him to LF and stop giving a shit now?

  16. Cameron Says:

    Just for shits and grins, how about BA does its top 100 prospects list? Everyone else (including Keith Law, proving you don’t need to know shit about baseball to make these things) has done it. Why not us?

  17. Cameron Says:

    Holy shit, I just looked at Brandon Belt (BA #23) and it says that his best tool is his defense. …He puts up THOSE numbers and his glove is his best tool? God damn.

  18. brautigan Says:

    These lists are silly. Hell, I’ll bet a sawbuck #66 has a better career than #17, that #86 tops #20.

  19. Raul Says:

    I’m confused.

    Why is Manny Banuelos a better Yankees prospect than Dellin Betances?
    And why is Austin Romine a better Yankees prospect than Gary Sanchez?

    If you’re saying that Romine is a better prospect because he’s a little older and has done more than Sanchez, then how the fuck do you justify Bryce Harper at #1?

    This doesn’t make any sense.

  20. brautigan Says:

    Don’t be confused, BA usually hypes the guys in the low minors.

  21. Cameron Says:

    What do you mean a better prospect than Sanchez? Sanchez is 69 (*childish giggle*) spots ABOVE Romine.

  22. Raul Says:

    Am I wrong, but I think Freddie Freeman is going to end up another James Loney.

    A nice player and all, but not a star.

  23. Raul Says:

    You’re right Cameron.

    I don’t know what the hell I was thinking.
    Now that you’ve corrected me, I think Sanchez is rated a bit high.

  24. Cameron Says:

    Still only the second-highest rated Yankees catching prospect.

  25. Raul Says:

    And Kyle Gibson is going to be better than Casey Kelly.

  26. Cameron Says:

    I don’t think it’s based on pure upside, but also on how much they’re ready to contribute to the team at that point in time, and I think Kelly’s closer to the majors than Gibson, I could justify the small difference.

  27. Raul Says:

    Ok,

    But then if you apply that logic, who could be further away from the majors than Bryce Harper?

  28. Chuck Says:

    Gibson will pitch in the majors this year.

    Kelly may not even pitch AAA.

  29. Hartvig Says:

    Good, informative stuff.

    And don’t be dissin’ on Bugs Bunny. He can pitch AND cover centerfield at the same time.

  30. Bob Says:

    Those Gas House Gorillias were no match for his skill.

  31. Chuck Says:

    Hey, Bob, got a joke for you.

    Red Sox fan and a Yankee fan are standing side by side in the men’s room.

    Red Sox fan zips up and heads to the sink, Yankee fan zips up and heads for the door.

    Red Sox fan says, “Us Red Sox fans are taught to wash our hands after pissing.”

    Yankee fan says, “Us Yankee fans are taught not to piss on our hands.”

  32. Bob Says:

    Good one Chuck. Regardless I still lather up after nature calls.

  33. Kerry Says:

    Chuck, in one form or another that joke is older than we are!

    On topic (well, almost), what do you think of the Cardinals’ idea to maybe convert Stavinoha into a back-up catcher? Sounds like another dubious Schumaker-esque move to me.

    I know Tony likes versatility, but if it’s at the expense of defense it’s not a very good trade-off.

  34. Chuck Says:

    In case you’re interested.

    My work schedule changed..again…third time in a month.

    So, I’m a little behind on my American League edition, but it’s on the way, just later than I planned.

  35. Raul Says:

    Hey…

    What’s the deal with Yonder Alonso?
    It’s obvious that he’s not playing 1B for the Reds at the major league level any time soon.

    And it doesn’t look like the Reds are trying to have him learn a new position.

    Is he trade bait? Or insurance in case Votto gets hurt?

  36. Chuck Says:

    “And it doesn’t look like the Reds are trying to have him learn a new position.”

    Actually, they are.

    Leftfield.

  37. Raul Says:

    Oh, ok.

    Well damn. So the lineup could be:

    C – Ramon Hernandez
    1B – Joey Vott
    2B – Brandon Philips
    3B – Scott Rolen
    SS – Paul Janish
    LF – Yonder Alonso
    CF – Drew Stubbs
    RF – Jay Bruce

    Or I guess you could put in Edgar Renteria, Jonny Gomes or Fred Lewis in to start…if guys get injured.

    Reds are gonna be pretty good.
    Unless Philips gets hurt…

  38. Raul Says:

    Three strikeouts for Pujols today.

    How often does that happen?

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