Originally Posted by M2
He shouldn't be behind any of them when a LHP is on the mound. Paul and Handsome Jack hit LH and Heisey isn't very good vs. LHPs. And if the Reds need a PR? Donald can do that while one of the other guys hits vs. a tough RHP. Donald also provides an extra OF on the bench. He's got a potential use in any game and adds something to what the Reds can bring off the bench.
This pretty much clinches it for me.
Even if Heisey was better against LHP, we need more than one righty bat off the bench.
I see Donald and Hannaran filling in Cairo's role last year (Cairo got a lot of playing time over the years). Donald will be the secondary RH bat off the bench.
Much like CF, the Reds are going to sacrifice SS bench defense to try to improve the offense. They thought enough of Donald to trade for him, I doubt they risk losing him. Plus Donald has some upside. Upside probably isn't a starting player, but maybe he's got a season or two of Mark Lewis in him. Isturis is pretty much toast at this point, nowhere to go but down. I am happy if the Reds manage to keep Izturis in AAA all year, that will be a good insurance policy.
I see this as being one of the unfortunate consequences of a 12 man pitching staff.. it's harder to carry a infield glove bench guy if your starters are good defenders. If we had a 26 man roster, adding Izturis or a bench CF (even if he can't hit) would make a lot of sense.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
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