Originally Posted by Kc61
Kudos to Carson Kainer for 4 hits tonight. Looks like the Reds may have found themselves a good young hitter there.
Also, good to see Dickerson get some hits. I think the Reds plan for him to be with the big club soon, if only for defense. I've heard that he really covers some ground out there and I would love to see him patrolling centerfield in the late innings of close games. He certainly looks like a top athlete.
After struggling mightly when first being called up to AAA (.215/.319/.354), he rebounded nicely in June posting a .261/.381/.455/.833 line. He's started off well in July too (albeit in 3 games). He certainly has flaws, he's never really hit for a high average, and strikes out aton (97 times in under 300 ABs). However, he has 3 componets that do not slump: defense, speed, and walking. Even in his awful May, his BA/OB split was still over .100. Adding in his 2 walks tonight, in only 173 AAA ABs he has 31 walks. He has good wheels, and he is simply a joy to watch play CF. I just don't know if he will ever hit for a high enough average to warrant playing everyday in the majors. If he could just manage to hit .240-.250, with his OBP and defense he would be an assest to a team in CF.
Another interesting guy I've been following in AAA in Pedro Lopez. We acquired him off waivers this year, and since we have acquired him he hasn't stopped hitting. Coming into tonight, he had been hitting .295 with a .348 OBP in 105 ABs with the Bats (including a .312/.357 line in June). Add in his 3-4 night with 2 BB his numbers will look even better in the morning (probably around .305-.310 with an OBP around .360). He's another guy known as all glove no stick, but if he can hit for a decent average he could stick in the majors. Unlike Dickerson, Lopez has only struck out 11 times in 109 ABs with the Bats (yes I know that doesn't make you a good hitter), which probably means Krivsky loves him. Also, Lopez is barely 23 years old.