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NorrisHopper30
04-14-2010, 01:47 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=crasnick_jerry&page=starting9/100414

Cincinnati Reds shortstop
The history: This is the infield equivalent of the post-Edgar Martinez DH situation in Seattle. Since Barry Larkin's retirement in 2004, Rich Aurilia, Felipe Lopez, Royce Clayton, Alex Gonzalez, Jeff Keppinger, Jerry Hairston and Paul Janish have been temporary fits at shortstop. Now it's Orlando Cabrera's turn.

The outlook: The Reds have occasionally kicked around the idea of shifting Brandon Phillips to shortstop. But he's a fine run-producer and a Gold Glove defender at second base, and they risk messing up two spots if they take the plunge and move him.

According to Baseball America, five of Cincinnati's top 17 prospects are shortstops. The group includes Billy Hamilton, Miguel Rojas, Netherlands native Mariekson Gregorius, Chris Valaika and Zack Cozart. Valaika, the quintessential "baseball rat," is probably better suited to second base or a super-utility role than full-time duty at shortstop. Cozart, a former All-American at Mississippi, can really defend. He might be the best long-term bet if his bat continues to develop.

Until someone emerges, the Reds will be scrambling.

"It's one thing to keep changing left fielders," said a National League front-office man. "But you like to be consistent up the middle. When you've got a revolving door at catcher, shortstop, second base or center field, then it's an issue."

Kingspoint
04-14-2010, 06:42 PM
We're close....very close. Cozart will take over for Cabrera, and then we'll have stability (or at least good play at SS) finally.

nemesis
04-14-2010, 07:57 PM
We're close....very close. Cozart will take over for Cabrera, and then we'll have stability (or at least good play at SS) finally.

Agreed. But DiDi seem to be the long term answer. Very Edgar Renteria like with the bat and glove. H.Rodriguez might be the long term answer at 2B as well. It'll be fun to watch them grow and play together throughout the minors.

sivman17
04-14-2010, 10:21 PM
I was at the Bats game on Sunday when Chapman was pitching. Cozart was by the far the best player on the Bats. He could be a good one for the Reds.

Red in Atl
04-15-2010, 01:33 AM
Sir Paul sure looked good tonight...was it the Knighting that did it? If so, I'm calling him that from now on...

Kingspoint
04-15-2010, 02:14 AM
Sir Paul sure looked good tonight...was it the Knighting that did it? If so, I'm calling him that from now on...

Earned a few more starts than he would have had.