Originally Posted by dougdirt
What about moving him to 6th?
I am with you on "don't put him in the leadoff spot", though I do think one day he may make a fine #5 or 6 guy.
I wouldn't do it yet. I'd want him to embrace his role as a power hitter lower in the lineup, let his instincts take over rather than what he thinks he should do as a hitter. I remember saying this about him as a minor leaguer, A guy with power that doesn't hit for power, doesn't have power. It was simplistic, but true. If you have a tool and don't use it, or worse, don't know how to use it, then it is of no use. Let him learn his power game lower in the order. If he's still tearing it up after the ASB, then I'd try it. His history is one of a very streaky hitter. This surge may not last long.
I Still think the Reds cost him nearly a year of development by not understanding what kind of hitter he really is.