Re: Radical Drw Stubbs idea, promote him
Intersting concept but IMO I see a couple of things that I don't agree with in your "radical idea". First, teams share scouting reports across the minor league levels. Just because a player has never played in a league before doesn't mean they don't have scouting reports. Its obvious by now just about everyone has figured out is weaknesses and those are well documented in the scouting reports; 2.) with or without the scouting reports, the pitchers in the next level up will be better (at least on an overall average) so the likelihood of Stubbs doing better in Sarasota than in Dayton seems diminished. Combine the better pitching talent with good scouting reports and it seems highly unlikely that Stubbs would do any better and very likely do worse. He really needs to get it figured out, at least to a greater degree than right now, before they promote him.
Originally Posted by M2
I'm starting to get disgusted with Drew Stubbs' non-existent offensive game. I'm a firm believer in the notion that an organization needs to identify the true keepers in its system and deal the others while their value is high. Stubbs has made an excellent for him not being a keeper.
So that brings me to dealing him while his value is high. If he continues to play like he is right now, it's unlikely he'll have any value. He's been on a forced downhill march since entering the minors.
Even if he recovers in Dayton during the final two months of the minor league season, his current .689 OPS pretty much guarantees that his 2007 numbers at that level will win up looking awfully unimpressive.
So why not send him to a new level? Pitchers in the FSL won't have much of a book on him, so he might be able to thrive there for a short time and put together a respectable close to his season. The Reds can claim he was wasn't being challenged enough and with his tools package and pedigree you might find some other teams more interested him during the offseason if he can do something productive with his stick for a short spell at a higher level.
It could completely backfire. He could collapse, but what do you really have to lose? I say you treat him like a major prospect, move him up and hope he does enough to create some market value for this winter.
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