Originally Posted by kaldaniels
While I don't see Billy having a big effect on the Reds if he was called up...what are the negatives of doing so?
It also depends on the exact purpose of the callup. There are three basic ideas here:
1. Call him up by Aug. 31 expecting to use him on the postseason roster
2. Call him up after the minor-league season ends and give him enough playing time to get his feet wet
3. Call him up after the minor-league season ends primarily to be exposed to the big leagues, receiving little if any playing time except for maybe pinch-running
I don't really expect #1. #3? Maybe, some teams like to do this for players they believe are close, just to give them that motivational taste of the big leagues heading into the offseason. Not sure if it's the Reds' style, though. #2 is dependent upon where the Reds are in the standings, they may or may not have low-leverage playing time to hand out.
I'd say it's probably odds-against at this point, all things considered.