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Redsnake
02-09-2011, 11:51 AM
How about Stubbs moving to LF? If he keeps hitting for power then most fans
would be happy with the numbers and defense for the position.

Who plays CF....Dave Sappelt. He's 24, plays CF at 3 levels, 300 average and is projected to be a lead off hitter. Of course he most beat out Gomes, Heisy and Lewis in spring training.

It's probably a year early to consider him. However, this is one of my top 5 players I'll be watching this spring.

bounty37h
02-09-2011, 11:56 AM
I havent seen enough of Sappelt to know much to contribute to this yet. Is he faster then Stubbs? Why not put him in LF and keep Stubbs in center, is he a true CF or could he move?

UPRedsFan
02-09-2011, 11:57 AM
It's not a solution to move one of the best defensive center fielders in the game to left field. Maybe you were being sarcastic?

The solution is Lewis against right handed pitching and Gomes or Heisey against lefties. I believe that will be a very productive platoon and we'll all be content with the numbers out of the left field spot by year's end. Lewis will be getting on base agaist the righties. Gomes will provide the power against the lefties.

Tadasimha
02-10-2011, 02:55 PM
I've never seen Sappelt play, but looking up some stuff about him, he seems really short for center field. He's only 5'9" tall according to Sporting News - I think I'd want him over in left where he's have less ground to cover than in center. Stubbs can cover the bigger area with more ease with his speed and longer stride.

OGB
02-10-2011, 04:49 PM
How about Stubbs moving to LF? If he keeps hitting for power then most fans
would be happy with the numbers and defense for the position.


I've never understood this logic. If your team is getting below average power* from a traditionally power laden position like LF, why does it matter when you are getting above average power from CF, a position traditionally lacking power? I like Sappelt, but if he were in the Reds OF, there would be less power overall.

Moving Stubbs would be a mistake because he has as good a combination of range/arm strength/throwing accuracy of any CF in baseball. Another year or two of learning angles and what not at the major league level and he could be a perennial gold glover at a key defensive position.


*Lack of power/run production from the LF spot wasn't a problem for the Reds last year. Consistency at the plate and range in the field were problems.

Vottomatic
02-10-2011, 04:55 PM
How about Stubbs moving to LF? If he keeps hitting for power then most fans
would be happy with the numbers and defense for the position.

Who plays CF....Dave Sappelt. He's 24, plays CF at 3 levels, 300 average and is projected to be a lead off hitter. Of course he most beat out Gomes, Heisy and Lewis in spring training.

It's probably a year early to consider him. However, this is one of my top 5 players I'll be watching this spring.

Playing CF didn't hurt Ken Griffey Junior's power or Willie Mays power.

lonewolf371
02-10-2011, 06:38 PM
Playing CF didn't hurt Ken Griffey Junior's power or Willie Mays power.
I think the idea is that you expect power from LF. Stubbs wouldn't be a slouch offensively while defending left field.

Roush's socks
02-11-2011, 12:20 AM
Stubbs is a great centerfielder and the Reds aren't going to move him. Sappelt is not even mentioned as one of the Reds top 10 minor league prospects.

lonewolf371
02-11-2011, 12:44 AM
Stubbs is a great centerfielder and the Reds aren't going to move him. Sappelt is not even mentioned as one of the Reds top 10 minor league prospects.
I agree on Stubbs. As for Sappelt, some would say that the Reds have a lot of top minor league prospects.

DirtyBaker
02-11-2011, 01:54 PM
I hear Carson Palmer is available :D