Originally Posted by mth123
Promoting a player to the majors after a .713 OPS in AAA is rushing - especially when he is still working on his swing. I don't care how many PAs he got in Billings and Dayton to prop up his stats (he was a big time college guy after all). If I understand it, Stubbs was in the process of changing his swing when recalled and showed power with the revamped swing in the big leagues. Even with the newfound pop, his OPS was below .800 in his major league '09 season. He needed to use that swing (if that is the one he sticks with) in AAA over a period of time to see if its going to work for him and if he can be consistent with it. The contact issues that RMR rightly points to, may be even worse with the new swing and we're just now getting enough data to really see it.
IMO, Stubbs should have taken the Dickerson path where he repeated AAA until he got it right, but we're past that now and the team should stick with this path for a while longer to see what happens. Its possible that what we saw in 2009 was simply a hot streak which many of us have pointed out, but its also possible that what we're seeing now is just a slump. Given the alternatives, I'd stick with him for a while and find out once and for all.
But what if he never DID get it right? There's no guarantee that more time in the minors would have resulted in better performance. I don't think the Reds have mishandled Drew Stubbs. I just think he is what he is, which is a below average baseball player. The speed and the power are a tease, because while it's there, I don't think he's ever going to be able to put it consistently together as a major league player.