Re: 2011 Louisville Bats
Given how often he's been called up and how well he's hit this year in AAA, I'd be surprised to see Francisco back in Louisville next year. I know he's young, but it doesn't look like he's going to develop much plate discipline until he has to and that's not going to happen in AAA.
I'd say Valiaka will likely take Cairo's spot in Cincy and Frazier/Francisco will battle it out for the 3B/OF role. If Fransisco wins, Frazier plays 3B in AAA. If Frazier wins, Francisco is trade bait.
Regarding Leake in AAA, I understand viewing him as the 7th starter if you count Harang and Arroyo (and move him up accordingly if either or both aren't retained). But I think they'd use him in the bullpen in Cincy before sending him to AAA. As they said earlier this year, "what's he going to work on?" I think you'll see Fisher traded or optioned. He'll be 28 next year and hasn't shown the ability to throw strikes in the major leagues.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Last edited by RedsManRick; 08-27-2010 at 08:30 PM.