Originally Posted by *BaseClogger*
I agree with most everything you just said. But just as Javy was a good hitter four years ago, so was Jacque Jones. Heck, those two haven't been effective hitters since Laynce Nix was in AA. I think you need to get past Nix's limited playing time in the majors and give his minor league track record a look. There is a reason the projection systems expect big things out of him in 2009...
We'll see whether the Reds go with Nix. We may know tomorrow when the team makes cuts. He has power but also has a high K/BB ratio, even in the minor leagues.
The question is whether he can succeed with limited playing time and in pinch hitting performances. IMO the guys best suited to that role are usually veteran hitters who are patient and make contact. Nix doesn't seem to be that type, but if they keep him I'll root him on.