Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
Hopper makes a lot of solid contact. And unlike Freel (at least last year), who hits a lot of fly balls, he usually puts it on a line or on the ground, as he should do.
Hopper has proved to be a much better player than many here have given him credit for, beginning with his callup in 06 and continuing to today.
A guy like Hopper and his skill set are very important to a team like the reds. Hopper is one of the few reds who consistantly puts the bat on the ball. He uses his greatest asset, his speed, to help his game. He is not going to have a great ops and may be an average defender but on a team that strikes out at an alarming rate a guy like Hopper has value.