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Reds1
05-07-2008, 05:34 PM
What do you guys think of him! I don't really know him, but what I see I like. He is 10 for 29 at the plate. He has some speed, maybe a little power, and can play many positions.

I think he makes Freel expendable! I would like to see this guy get more playing time. Not at Brandon Phillips expense. I hope he's not hurt, but wanted to see if anyone knew much about this guy and had any comments.

Nice game today. Always beating the cubbies is fun! :thumbup:

RedsManRick
05-07-2008, 05:37 PM
He's a run of the mill utility player, nothing more, nothing less. Nice 13th or 14th man on the roster. He's the reason you don't give Ryan Freel $3M. You'll get something around a .700 OPS with decent defense at a number of positions.

And if things go south (or stay south), maybe you can flip him for a C prospect with a bit of upside in July.

fearofpopvol1
05-07-2008, 05:38 PM
At this juncture, Hairson is probably the last guy to go. With Gonzo hurt and Castro cut, outside of Keppinger, you don't have any major league SS option. He's looked pretty good so far, but his career numbers offensively aren't special and he's not very good defensively.

Hairston is a good transition player for the Reds, but nothing more.

Reds1
05-07-2008, 05:40 PM
Bummer! I was thinking or hoping of a late bloomer like a Phillips. Good point though on freel. I guess there are guys like this around. Thanks

RedsManRick
05-07-2008, 05:53 PM
Bummer! I was thinking or hoping of a late bloomer like a Phillips. Good point though on freel. I guess there are guys like this around. Thanks

He's 32 with 2500+ AB under his belt. That's a little past any blooming point. He is what he's going to be.

Reds1
05-07-2008, 05:58 PM
He's 32 with 2500+ AB under his belt. That's a little past any blooming point. He is what he's going to be.

LOL. Wow! I had no idea he was 32. Bust my bubble. If he can hit 10-29 coming off the bench and PH him then I'll take that. Clearly Hateberg does not like that roll. I think I feel an addition by subtraction trade coming.

Maybe Andy Phillips then! I think he's been ok in AAA - not spectacular, but another guy who could fill in for these older guys if we can work a trade.

Thanks for setting me straight. That's why I love the zone!

Reds1
05-29-2008, 12:50 AM
He's 32 with 2500+ AB under his belt. That's a little past any blooming point. He is what he's going to be.


You guys sure about this player? He's still looking great! He's probablly the best lead off hitter we've had.

fearofpopvol1
05-29-2008, 02:03 AM
He's definitely had a hot bat since he's come up. It's still a pretty small sample size though and I think as the season goes on, his numbers will be average.

But heck, as long as he keeps hitting, there's no reason not to find a place for him to play. It's important to ride the hot bat.

AmarilloRed
05-29-2008, 02:15 AM
I would go for Janish's glove at SS over Hairston's bat at this point. I still think Hairston could make an excellent utility player or bench player. At this time, however, we still need Hairston hitting lead off until we get Keppinger back from the DL.

nate
05-29-2008, 07:27 AM
You guys sure about this player? He's still looking great! He's probablly the best lead off hitter we've had.

It seems likely that he's headed for Pumpkinville.

However, by all means, dance with him 'til 11:45.

jojo
05-29-2008, 07:51 AM
He's a run of the mill utility player, nothing more, nothing less. Nice 13th or 14th man on the roster. He's the reason you don't give Ryan Freel $3M. You'll get something around a .700 OPS with decent defense at a number of positions.

And if things go south (or stay south), maybe you can flip him for a C prospect with a bit of upside in July.

Yep, and the fact he's starting in CF/shortstop is a symptom rather than a feather in someone's cap....

Edskin
05-29-2008, 07:54 AM
It seems likely that he's headed for Pumpkinville.

However, by all means, dance with him 'til 11:45.

Exactly. Like Eddie Taubensee in 1999...I kept waiting for the crash, but he kept it up all season long.

Hairston (or HARRISTON according to George Grande) has been excellent this year-- and while I eventually expect him to revert to career norms, you can't argue with Dusty using him right now. I really like his plate approach....patient, compact swing, doing what he needs to do. He's really taking advantage of this opportunity.

Here's the tough part for Dusty.... when do you pull the plug? That's what makes a good manager-- Hairston will obviously have bad nights, but how can we tell if it's a bad night or a trend back to the norm? It's a tough call. You need to be fair to the guy and not yank him at the first sign of a struggle, but you also don't want to wait too long.

Always Red
05-29-2008, 07:54 AM
Yep, and the fact he's starting in CF/shortstop is a symptom rather than a feather in someone's cap....

Boy, isn't that the truth?

Reds1
05-29-2008, 08:09 AM
Is nice for him to be hot while Kepp and Gonz out. He's a nice little player. Speed, plays many positions. I'd take him for a Utility guy, but then again ask me after he has his 1st slump. :)

flyer85
05-29-2008, 09:57 AM
maybe 2008 will be his career year.

lollipopcurve
05-29-2008, 10:06 AM
I'd like to see him as a utility guy who gets 275-375 ABs -- I think he'll wear down if played regularly, kinda like Freel -- keep him fresh -- I really like his approach at the plate, and his versatility is very nice, though he is not, repeat not, an everyday SS. Overall I've been very impressed.

Tony Cloninger
05-29-2008, 10:16 AM
I was going to say the same thing....it could be his career year.

If Keppinger is not injured....he would still be on the bench spot starting for JK and EE.....especially EE the way he has been going. He is the Lenny Harris/Chris Stynes type of utility player who can go up and down...from year to year. Lenny always had year on/year off for the Reds....hopefully this is a full year on for Jerry. Just no long term contract please.

Spring~Fields
05-29-2008, 10:23 AM
Season
.338 .379 .488 .867

Career
.256 .326 .362 .688

I like that they are getting decent production from Hairston, perhaps his back problems are behind him and that he has matured some into a better batter and all around player or maybe it is just another career year for a player looking to nail down a contract for the coming seasons, either way Hairston has been able to come along and to give the Reds some help. They should take advantage of his recent spike while he is defying his career stats. Perhaps if they keep him fresh, give him days off Hairston will continue to provide some quality.

vs. Left
.391 .444 .565 1.009
vs. Right
.288 .327 .423 .750
Last seven
.333 .400 .333 .733

flyer85
05-29-2008, 10:27 AM
SThey should take advantage of his recent spike while he is defying his career stats. and not being seduced into believing it is a new level of performance after 2008. This is the stuff that WK had trouble deciphering and it lead to giving extensions to Ross, Freel, etc.

Spring~Fields
05-29-2008, 10:30 AM
and not being seduced into believing it is a new level of performance after 2008. This is the stuff that WK had trouble deciphering and it lead to giving extensions to Ross, Freel, etc.

That's true. I want to hope that Jocketty will be wiser and be seriously persuing solid upgrades. Jocketty should be able to use the Krivsky mistakes to his and the teams benefit, after seeing what came of it and what needs to be done. Hairston will be in a pinch if Keppinger and Gonzalez comes back.