Originally Posted by HermW
Last year, Joey Votto struggled a bit, and made me doubt his "prospect" status a bit, but he seems to have found his stride at AA and very much back on the prospect radar. He is a basically top 10 in most statistical categories in the Southern League right now.
The first question is whether or not this is the real Votto. Now that he has reasserted himself at an upper level in the minors should we all start believing fully in him as the future at 1B for the Reds?
Assuming this is the real Votto, when he is ready for Triple-A and/or the bigs? Plugging Votto in at 1B everyday with his potential to OPS .900 and hit 30 HR looks a lot better than Casey, Hatteberg and Aurillia. I haven't looked but I would think that 1B is easily the Reds worst league-comparison batting position on the field.
I like the looks of this future lineup:
LF Dunn (I know this will be Griffey if he is around, but this is MY lineup)
first off, i dont think you can say votto will hit 30 homeruns. he might, but i think 20 is the number i would expect right now from him. id like to see him play all year in aa. maybe start off next year in aa, but play most of the year in aaa next year. and then the following year, who knows.
and on an aside, i dont know if you can pencil dunn in as being here once votto makes it up. i personally dont think he is a krivsky type of player. doesnt mean he will ever get moved, but for his price tag, i dont see him sticking around here. awefully expencive guy for what he does. but lets not make this into a hijacking of a votto thread into a dunn back and forth