Originally Posted by mth123
I caught a portion of Sweet being interviewed on the radio and he discussed other players as well (yes I switched to the evil WLW on the drive home last night while the baseball channel on XM was droning on about Barry Bonds). If I heard correctly, he basically said (these are his points not quotes):
1. Votto is ready now and transformed himself from below average defender to a good one at 1B with hard work.
2. Bruce needs more time in AAA. He needs to learn to run the bases better, throw to the right base and cut his Ks.3. Bailey is ready for a major league rotation spot and most of his troubles when the Reds called him up and after going back down were his groin problem.
4. Cueto needs another half season in AAA to learn to harness his emotions on the mound.
5. Keppinger and Hopper can sustain high averages in the majors with regular at bats.
Correct me or discuss at will.
Bruce needs to continue to be challenged to keep progressing so he can become the star he has the talent to be. The only way he stays down at AAA is that Dunn and Jr are still on this team with Hamilton in center.
Cueto will have a chance to make this team out of spring training with the weak freeagent market in pitching. I think him, Bailey, Belisle, Maloney, and Shearn will be battling it out for the 4th and 5th starters on this team
Keppy and Hopper are exactly what we need on this bench. Two super subs that can handle a bat and play small ball and not miss anything in the field if someone goes down or needs a rest. They can be good pinch hitters since they put the ball in play.