Originally Posted by dougdirt
You would think that until you look at the guy they play at 3B ahead of him who could be a 45 HR guy one day who is pretty bad at 3B but is his most ideal position to play if he figures things out. I really think you are overanalyzing the situation. Juan Francisco sucks at 3B right now. He has the tools to play there. He just hasn't figured it all out yet. Todd Frazier is sure handed and has a good and accurate arm. So the guy who needs a ton of work has gotten it there. The guy who can play almost anywhere has played other spots to make room for a kid who has a huge ceiling but needs lots of work.
Frazier is supposedly the No. 1 or 2 prospect in the organization. Yet they move him around defensively every year, back and forth. Shortstop, LF, second base, back to LF. Third base as a fill in very infrequently.
Just strikes me as odd, that's all. Nobody is a bigger Francisco fan than me, but they seem to be treating Frazier, defensively, like an afterthought.
Someday, soon, the Reds' true intentions will be clear. Guys will be traded, other guys will actually start to play positions in the majors. But for now, I find it puzzling. And I wonder whether Frazier is happy about it.
As for Francisco, I'm equally as surprised that he is still apparently viewed as an infielder. I expected him to be in LF next year.