Originally Posted by dougdirt
Miller knows how to get on base. Give me that guy over the guy who can't find first base without Google Maps who will occasionally hit for some power.
I know, I know, Miller has stunk up the joint in incredibly sparing time in the Majors. Don't care. He has a clue at the plate beyond "pitcher throws - swing as hard as possible no matter what".
Doug, I like Corky too, but fact of the matter is even in the minors he's not a good hitter. That's why the Reds felt the need to go out and get more depth. They were not convinced Corky is a legit No. 3 option on the depth chart at catcher. They felt the same way last year and that's why they signed Dioner Navarro.
Corky had a decent year at the plate for Louisville last year (.740 OPS) but really struggled in 2011 at Louisville (.652). He didn't even get called up to the Majors either year. Corky has not played an MLB game since 2010 and will be 37 soon.
I know Olivo has struggled when given a starting job, but how can you honestly argue that he's not an upgrade over Corky Miller? Obviously the Reds' brass feels that Olivo is an upgrade or they wouldn't have signed him.