Originally Posted by M2
Donald's more than slightly better than Izturis at the plate. He's about .150 OPS points better. Izturis is a sub-Castro hitter these days, and at age 33 I wouldn't expect anything special from his glove.
Technically the Reds can only keep one of them on the major league roster (assuming a seven-man pen, which is becoming standard practice) and I'd vastly prefer it be Donald. Izturis should be competing with Burriss in AAA to be the guy who gets the call if Cozart gets injured.
150 OPS points is pushing it. Their career OPSes are only 133 points different and Izturis actually out OPSed Donald by 69 points last year. Donald had a very lucky 2011 in which he had a .423 BABIP which made him look like a better hitter than he is. I am not arguing that Izturis is a good hitter, but sub-Castro is another gross exxageration. Izturis has Castro's career OBP beat by 26 points.
Who are you starting at short when Cozart needs a day off? The guy who has played 571 innings there, all below average using any defensive metric or the guy who has played 9152 innings there all above average? I won't be extremely mad if the Reds chose Donald over Izturis, but I certainly don't think it is a lock that Donald deserves that roster spot over Izturis.