Originally Posted by dfs
....we've been reds fans for so long that it's been drilled into us that reds prospects need to be held in the minors for as long as possible.
YEa, I was thinking along these lines too.
Our CF was so OBP challenged last year that Billy has a low bar to improve upon.
I think the team is good enough where they could handle Billy taking 1/2 season to adjust to the big leagues, if that's what it takes.
I guess if it was up to me (barring spring training data), I'd put Billy in AAA for the first month of the season.. If he continues to hit and draw walks like he did in AAA, bring him up.. If he struggles, be patient.
On the other hand, if he looks great in spring training (the scouts' eye), why not just make him the Opening day CF and live with the growing pains?
Letting Billy grow at the big league level in 2013 may pay great dividends in 2014 as well..
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!