Originally Posted by Patrick Bateman
They obviously would have tried to trade him. If anybody wanted him a deal would have easily been made.
Position inflexible guys who only hit significantly in the PCL don't go for much.
I dunno. Van Slyke hit .348 in double AA in 2011. Then he hit .327 in triple A in the PCL in 2012. He combined to hit 38 HR's and 78 doubles over that 2 year period. He turned 26 in July. His slugging and OPS his last 2 years in the minors were really impressive. And he's a big kid.......6'5" - 250 lbs, righthanded.
I'm not saying give him a roster spot. I'm saying stick him at Louisville and see if he continues to hit. Maybe he replaces Heisey at some point? Maybe he slugs 25-30 HR's and replaces Ludwick at some point? Or....maybe he bombs and the Reds release him.
No harm in trying. Nothing to lose. Major league team is set.