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Jharb74
04-16-2009, 06:21 PM
From Fay:

From Reds Director of Media Relations Rob Butcher:

CINCINNATI - Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced IF Drew Sutton as the player to be named later in the March 31 trade that sent IF Jeff Keppinger to the Houston Astros.

Sutton will report to Class AAA Louisville. To make room on the Reds' 40-man roster, IF Danny Richar was outrighted to Louisville.

Sutton, 25, last season was named Class AA Corpus Christi's Most Valuable Player after hitting .317 with 20 HR and 69 RBI. He was named a Texas League mid-season and post-season All-Star and led all Astros minor leaguers in batting average, hits (165), runs (102), walks (76), doubles (39) and extra-base hits (63).

Prior to this season, Sutton was named the Astros eighth-best prospect by Baseball America. In 5 games so far this season at Class AAA Round Rock he was hitting .267 with 2 RBI.

Sutton originally was selected by the Astros in the 15th round of the June 2004 draft.

Prior to the trade, Keppinger hit .140 with 1 RBI in 21 games for the Reds this spring.

bgwilly31
04-16-2009, 06:24 PM
eighth best prospect within the astros organization>? Is that good>? :confused:

Lockdwn11
04-16-2009, 06:31 PM
Sounds like a great trade for the Reds

schmidty622
04-16-2009, 06:56 PM
This is absolutly outstanding.

Ghosts of 1990
04-16-2009, 07:23 PM
Welcome aboard, Drew.

reds1869
04-16-2009, 07:53 PM
Outstanding return for Kepp. This turned out to be a very good deal. Sutton had a real shot at making the 'Stros roster this year and will be at worst an improvement on the backup infielders we already have. Regardless of how you feel about the front office, the upside of Sutton is way better than that of Keppinger.

Newman4
04-16-2009, 07:57 PM
Anyone know what kind of glove Sutton brings? Can he play SS?

bgwilly31
04-16-2009, 08:00 PM
so i really hope he plays SS or 3b otherwise he's pretty much a wash.

reds1869
04-16-2009, 08:00 PM
Anyone know what kind of glove Sutton brings? Can he play SS?

He's been a bit error prone in the past but has apparently taken it as a personal mission to improve his fielding and footwork. I hope that is the case because the kid can flat out hit.

gedred69
04-16-2009, 08:08 PM
Sounds like another Valaika/Frazier. Above avg. bat, suspect glove. Man, there must be a lot of guys fitting that description out there! Valaika is less than a season away from being a good MLB hitter with Frazier right behind him. Now, looks like we got another. Hate to get on that wagon with so many others, but maybe it's time to consider Phillips moving to SS to make room for one of these hitting prospects. (Dang, can't believe I just typed that)........

Boston Red
04-16-2009, 10:36 PM
Prior to the trade, Keppinger hit .140 with 1 RBI in 21 games for the Reds this spring.

So it's only natural that Keppinger is OPSing 1.450 for the Astros. I know, small sample size.

TheBigLebowski
04-17-2009, 12:05 AM
Very nice return. 24 is a bit high to only be in AA - now he's 25 and will be in AAA so we'll see how he does there. Much better than what I expected for Kepp.

laxtonto
04-17-2009, 12:26 AM
Bad glove... Probably should be an OF. The kid can hit, but his outstanding numbers in AA came after repeating the Texas league.

One thing on the Astros system... The BA writers alluded to that the the top5 of the Texas system would rate over their best prospect and it would have to get to 18 or 19 for one of the Texas guys not to make their to 10...

So the Reds got a top 15-20 guy for Kepp... Not bad at all, but nothing super spectacular. Would Sutton be a top 10 guy for the Reds, Nope, top 20? Sure...

JBChance
04-17-2009, 12:53 AM
Pretty decent return. Definitely some upside there.

He does look like a 2B more than a SS, though. We don't need another of those types, but its never a bad idea to upgrade a player.

Keppinger might be hitting well now, but we all know what he was doing here at the end of 2008 and in the spring. He obviously needed a change of scenery. Probably will go to another team in 2010.

Bumstead
04-17-2009, 01:19 AM
good return for Kepp!

ChatterRed
04-17-2009, 01:51 PM
Yep, Kepp sure does stink.

7 hits in 15 at bats, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR.......... .467 batting average, 2 walks and as usual, NO K'S.

I miss him already.

schmidty622
04-17-2009, 02:52 PM
Yep, Kepp sure does stink.

7 hits in 15 at bats, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR.......... .467 batting average, 2 walks and as usual, NO K'S.

I miss him already.

Where does Kepp play on this team?

reds1869
04-17-2009, 03:07 PM
Yep, Kepp sure does stink.

7 hits in 15 at bats, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR.......... .467 batting average, 2 walks and as usual, NO K'S.

I miss him already.

17 inning sample size versus 1900 innings over his career. The back of his baseball card says those numbers will come back down to Earth, and I hope it starts tonight.

schmidty622
04-17-2009, 03:21 PM
I don't think Kepp would start tonight. Not against a righty.

texasdave
04-17-2009, 03:35 PM
It all depends on how far Keppinger comes back from his knee injury. If he stays at a post-knee injury level it is a good deal. If he gets back to a pre-knee injury level it isn't a good deal.


17 inning sample size versus 1900 innings over his career. The back of his baseball card says those numbers will come back down to Earth, and I hope it starts tonight

The numbers on the back of his baseball card at the time of his knee injury show a career OPS of .806. Not too shabby.


Where does Kepp play on this team?

A career line of .354/.407/.529/.936 against left-handed pitching should play on any team. Platoon him in left field with Dickerson. My question is this: Where does Drew Sutton play on this team?

schmidty622
04-17-2009, 03:43 PM
A career line of .354/.407/.529/.936 against left-handed pitching should play on any team. Platoon him in left field with Dickerson. My question is this: Where does Drew Sutton play on this team?

Did Kepp ever play left? I seem to recall him getting in there for one game. That may have been RF though. I don't know if he would fit with the whole speed and defense vibe this team wants to play out. Plus they like Hairston a whole lot more than Kepp for whatever reason.

I think Sutton has as good a chance as Rosales to make the team as a utility player. Maybe a bit better because he projects as a better base stealer and could pinch run, as well as play the outfield.

Kingspoint
04-17-2009, 07:16 PM
I'm totally shocked. Must be that .500 batting average that Kepp's producing over there for Houston.

bgwilly31
04-17-2009, 07:22 PM
Where does Kepp play on this team?

I put him platoon him with gonzo. If kepp keeps on hot hitting and gonzo keeps on stinking up the place. I platoon kepp and hairston just like last year.

Both with hot bats and i was just fine with them.

Make gonzo prove he deserves the spot. Instead of just handing it over to him once he got healthy.

Ghosts of 1990
04-18-2009, 01:19 AM
maybe he'll be a Chris Stynes redux

gedred69
04-18-2009, 01:22 PM
After watching Hairston and Kepp' play SS last year, and seeing some of the plays in this very young season Gonzo has made, it's difficult to understand why someone would still think either was capable of being anything more than a give-the-real-SS a rest. (Then I'd play Janish).