Originally Posted by dougdirt
Couldn't tell you how much it has to do with guys getting called up or not, or a hot or cold type thing, but I do know that outside of 1 bad month, Drew had an OPS over .870 the entire rest of the season. Time will tell with Drew, but I think he has shown quite a bit of improvement and we will continue to see it next season.
That's just it. You don't know. I don't know. The Reds don't know. Drew Stubbs doesn't know. Stubbs had a poor April too (.697 OPS).
What I do know is the promised blip of poor hitting in 2006 turned into a repeat in 2007. I like that Stubbs takes a walk, but his lack of power at his age and level of experience and in the leagues and parks he's played in is disturbing. My take is he's got the muscles to hit the ball over the fence, but not the swing to do it consistently.
So do you reconstruct his swing or take your chances with what he's got? I'm sure the working plan is to go with the former, but acting like better performance in higher levels is a given strikes me as little more than bravado for bravado's sake.
My point is the Reds would be foolish to the nth degree if the Reds constructed their major league roster around the great unknown that is Drew Stubbs. That goes for most prospects though. For instance, outside of Jay Bruce, I wouldn't be doing any future slotting with anyone in the Reds' system. Hope for them all to succeed, adjust accordingly when they do, but don't bank on them.