Originally Posted by Kc61
I expect the bench to be Donald, Hannahan, Paul, Heisey, and Mes/Hanigan.
Fully expect Izturis or any defensive CF to be at AAA.
Not sure the Reds would want another no-hit, all field, guy like Valdez on the bench.
I see very little competition this spring for position player spots.
Why is Donald such a better option than Izturis?
Donald is currently sporting a .257/.309/.362 career line with a glove that won't play at short and is average to below average around the rest of the infield.
Izturis has a .255/.294/.323 career line with a good glove at short who can also play the rest of the infield.
I used to like Donald a lot in the 2008-2009 time frame when we really needed a young SS. He has proven to be a AAAA player since that time. He is now 28 years old and had a terrible year at the plate and in the field last year.
Cesar Izturis is only 32 years old. We know he can't hit, but I am not sure his bat is that far behind Donald's. We also know for sure that his glove is better than Donald's.
The more I research these two guys, the more I think Izturis should have the bench spot over Donald.