Originally Posted by TC81190
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.
If you want a competent defensive team, then you probably should stick to real catchers. Soto's probably never played there before, is 20 years old at High A ball, and it's not a position one just picks up.
Unfortunately, many good hitters play COF and CIF. That's just how it goes, they are gifted offensively but perhaps not defensively. So you sift through, pick the best ones, trade the others.
I guess a team could decide to try and make a catcher of a guy who's already at High A ball, but it would be rare. Would set back his career IMO. I'd rather see the Reds try and help Soto get his swing back.