Drew Stubbs

With a promotion to the major leagues today, Drew Stubbs is in an enviable win/win position.

If he performs well, he almost certainly sees his gig evolve into a full time one. On the other hand, if he bombs, he still possess more upside than the terrible Willy Taveras of which he replaces.

The 24-year-old from the University of Texas was ranked as the Reds third best prospect by Baseball America prior to the season. In Triple-A this year he hit .268/.353/.360, the lowest slugging percentage of his minors career. The scouting reports on Stubbs are pretty upfront. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts, even if it means taking away some power which should reemerge later, and use his speed to his advantage more often.

Stubbs has seemingly improved on the strikeouts facet. This is the same player who struck our nearly a third of the time in rookie ball fresh out of college, now he’s striking out a quarter of the time in Triple-A. Obviously that’s still quite a bit, but assuming his power comes back more so than it has during this season, he should be fine. The good news is that Stubbs is more than willing to draw a walk as well. In fact, Stubbs has 51 walks this season; Taveras has 54 over the past two seasons.

Defensively Stubbs has spent most of his time in center and figures to man the eight-hole for Cincy as well. Stubbs’ arm and range are above average, so he’s more than just a bat.

Taveras is one of the worst players in baseball this year, so Stubbs should be an upgrade even if he chooses to bat left-handed and stand backwards in center, but the real test will be upon Taveras’ return from the disabled list. Hopefully for Reds fans, Stubbs forces his way into sticking.





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Jordan
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Jordan

I’m generally a huge fan of the site, and I don’t want to come off as too harsh, RJ, but I’ve been having some issues with your pieces. I’d strongly suggest that you find some way to have your posts edited for grammar – this piece is rife with errors, the most egregious of which is probably: he still possess more upside than the terrible Willy Taveras OF WHICH he replaces.

But in this piece, as in various others, the content is fairly weak as well. My two main gripes here are: first, every scouting report I’ve read on Stubbs, and every Reds fan I’ve heard from about him, says that Stubbs is a defense-first CFer. Yet you focus almost entirely on his offense, and the one time you mention defense, you say that he’s ‘more than just a bat’. And second, I don’t know that I envy anyone playing for Dusty Baker. I can point you towards innumerable (well, maybe only two or three) Reds fans who will rant your ears off about Dusty’s failure to give young players PT and his unabashed love for crappy crappy veterans. Willy Taveras, actually, is a prime example of this – that he’s gotten as much playing time as he has speaks volumes about Dusty’s managerial ‘skills’. So even if Stubbs plays well (which,for him, would look something like .260/.340/.410 with plus D in center), I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Dusty went with Willy anyway.

Kris
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There should be some quality control, yup. Without it, we end up with people committing brutalstrophic omissions of quotations marks while quoting articles.

My point here, of course, is that grammar mistakes happen. Realistically, the majority of people will not care if say, ‘when quoting’ or ‘while quoting’. Obviously, the next step for any website that’s fundamentally based on user comments is quality control, but that costs cash-money.

There should be an avenue to recommend grammar/spellering advice without taking away from the actual baseball portion of the article.

Yah, yah?

Brent
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Brent

I have no problems with this article, readibility wise. Then again, I have no idea what “rife” or “egregious” mean.

Ken
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Ken

I can point you towards innumerable (well, maybe only two or three) Reds fans who will rant your ears off about Dusty’s failure to give young players PT and his unabashed love for crappy crappy veterans.

Dusty’s loyal to his starters as opposed to veterans. He stuck with Bruce until he was hurt, despite some pretty nasty slumps. Baker also inserted Votto into the starting lineup very early last year, despite the scrappy incumbent veteran (Hatteberg).

Maybe those sound like obvious moves, but they are not the moves of a manager blindly devoted to veteran experience.

D Wrek
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D Wrek

LOL, its a free web log, get a life.