Monday, May 11, 2009

Drew Stubs

Here is an interesting tid-bit from Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus on Drew Stubbs:

Drew Stubbs, OF, Reds (Triple-A Louisville)
Stubbs was batting .176 just two weeks ago, but he's 21-for-48 since, including a 7-for-11, four-double weekend that upped his season stats to an impressive .329/.409/.451. That said, he's a little confusing as prospects go. He's not the Drew Stubbs that was a first-round pick in 2006, he's not an exciting power/speed package anymore (a huge contact problem has been corrected with a much shorter swing), but the power aspect of the equation is gone for Stubbs, who has yet to go deep in 23 games this year. Regardless, he's hitting, he's drawing walks, and he's still one of, if not the best defensive center fielder in the minors. He's not less valuable, he's just different.

Could Stubbs be our answer in left field? As much as I hate to admit it, Chris Dickerson should be sent to the minors. He looks overmatched. He needs to play everyday and get his confidence back. Nix is playing well and can be part of a platoon with Stubbs against tough righties. Otherwise, call up Stubbs and let him play. Improving the defense will also be a plus. (Dickerson's looked lost at the plate and in the field.) Hairston can be insurance (when he's not at SS for A-Gon), but he's just not an everyday player. He has a couple clutch, GABP homers (barely clearing the wall in left center) but couldn't even get down a bunt in a crucial game situation yesterday. Darnell McDonald needs to be cut. He's the back-up to Hairston's back-up role. He can't bunt either, and he doesn't have any GABP homers.

I say bring up Stubbs and Gomesy, and send down McDonald and CD.

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