Originally Posted by Kc61
I think it is a bad idea to make Soto a catcher.
Soto had a disappointing season. He hasn't hit for power, doesn't walk, and this year didn't have his usual good BA. But he played in a tough hitter's league and was young for the level.
No reason to make panic moves with this kid, who probably never caught an inning in his life. Let him work on his hitting. That high average hitter we saw in the lower minors may reappear. With maturity and, perhaps in a more hitting friendly league, his knack for hitting could well return.
I don't see how it helps the situation to start from scratch by making him a catcher now. There's no reason for it. If his good hitting returns, there will be a spot for him someplace defensively.
I don't want to the Reds to operate under the old plan of "if you can hit, we'll find a place for you." I want them to field a competent defensive team.
Having said that, if Soto could catch, he'd have a lot more value there than as the COF/CIF he is right now.