Re: Drew Stubbs: If this keeps up, what to do?
agree with some of the posters.
the problem is that the Reds LF/CF candidates include:
1. a rookie (Stubbs)
2. a platoon CF or bench player (Dickerson)
3. a platoon LF/DH (Gomes)
4. a bench player (Nix)
5. a whole bunch of prospects who don't seem ready (Frazier, Alonso, Francisco, Hesiey)
how did this happen? Castellini refused to give Walt any money to get a real left fielder for 2010 & our prospects have disappointed so far.
what to do now:
#1 the most important thing IMO is not to impede the development of Stubbs as well as the prospects still in the minors. whether Stubbs bats 1rst or 8th. whether he plays every day or platoons or semi platoons. these decisions should be based on how best to handle his development.
#2 what i would do:
bat him 7th or 8th. why? less pressure on him.
i would also semi platoon him in CF.
he plays against all LHP (25% of games) with Gomes in LF.
against most RHP (50% of games) he play CF & Dickerson plays LF.
in the other 25% of games (lets say the really tough RHPs) he sits with Dickerson in CF & Nix in LF.
This way get starts ~75% of the games. If he starts hitting all RHP then he plays every day. If he can't hit RHP after an extended period of time then CF becomes a strict platoon of Dickerson/Stubbs. who plays LF? well by then hopefully one of the minor league guys is ready.