Re: Monday Aug 31 Minor League Updates
If he OPS' better than the average STARTING corner OF in the future it will in all likelihood be because he 1) gets limited AB's or 2) because he crushes LHP. Below are his year-to-year number vs RHP (this is not league average at all):
2009 - 132 AB .242 average .855 OPS
2008 - 55 AB .182 average .595 OPS
2007 - 252 AB .218 average .731 OPS
2006 - 284 AB .187 average .648 OPS
2005 - 244 AB .279 average .914 OPS
I went back to 2005 because that is how long it has been since he was previously effective against RHP. That being said, I said the Reds should keep him and discard Taveras and Nix. I still think he is useful as a 5th OF. He defense is suspect which limits him to mostly LF. Dickerson would be a perfect complement to him in LF and as the 4th OF or the CF in 2010. Gomes is not a full-time player and should not get more AB's next year than he got this year. He is useful as a 5th OF though, especially against LHP.