Originally Posted by HokieRed
KC, I've agreed with you about Francisco all along and I think you're right on target as to how they'll move him along. It's going to be very interesting to see how WJ deals with this trifecta of Votto, Alonso, and Francisco. I don't see the space for all three of those guys; I don't think we'll go back from Rolen to playing somebody at 3b or anywhere else who undermines the confidence of the pitching staff. So I think we've got 1b and LF for those 3 guys, unless Votto can play right. Will be interesting to see if all 3 are still with the club a year from now.
On the other hand, the Reds being so challenged offensively, one approach is to promote all of them soon and spot them as offensive players around the field. With Frazier and Francisco, you can see them filling in at various positions, although neither seems too gifted defensively.
With Alonso, it seems more cut and dried. He only plays first and either Votto has to move positions or one of them has to be traded. I don't see Alonso hanging around as a pure backup first baseman lefty pinch hitter, like Barker is currently.
It would be nice, though, to have those bats in Cincy, one way or the other. It's a good thing that the big club's weakness is the AAA club's strength.