Re: May 10, Minor League updates
I don't know whether or not Costanzo could really help at the MLB level, but I do believe that Rolen shouldn't play more than about 60% of the time (I'm spitballing this %, but the intent is to keep him as fresh and healthy as possible in order to get the best out of him that he has left). Francisco was a LH power bat, which would have been really nice to have in general; but it didn't appear that he would ever develop enough plate discipline or defensive ability at 3B to be more than a pitch hitter with infrequent starts at 3B. The final straw for me was when he came into Spring Training overweight and out of shape. I understand that he may have had an injury, but as a professional athlete he could and should have had the desire and discipline to not come in like that. At least you don't have those issues with Frazier, plus he's more versatile defensively - although I agree he would be a better fit for what the Reds need if he hit LH.