Originally Posted by Kc61
My hope is that Willy Taveras keeps playing effectively so there is no reason to replace him this year or next with a guy from the minor leagues. Maybe in two years, when perhaps WT's speed starts to fade a bit, but not before then.
Yesterday was a good example of what WT brings. Tejada made two errors when WT was hitting -- WT's speed has that effect on some fielders. He is playing plus centerfield and is a threat to steal at all times. As long as he keeps hitting those ground balls and liners, and avoiding pop ups and Ks, he tends to make things happen.
I hope Stubbs and Heisey develop into starting centerfielders, but it's more likely that they -- not Taveras -- will be on the Reds bench initially when they arrive. And that's ok, because a one-year major league apprenticeship is good for all but the top rookies. With injuries and the like, they'll get some opportunities to show their stuff.
Taveras has a .335 OBP and a .683 OPS. He's not really getting the job done. Plus, he takes horrible routes on defense. He misplayed a line drive yesterday into a double. I watched Drew Stubbs during spring training - he is just as fast as Willy Taveras. It's amazing that a guy that big can run that fast.