Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
Rodriguez got hurt-- his broken hand sapped his power. Try swinging one-handed and see how well you do in softball. Now, add 50 mph and exploding sliders.
Soto struggled, true.
The Reds have studs at 1B, 2B, RF, and perhaps 3B, LF, and CF for the next two years. C might also blossom, and SS might end up well above average in terms of OPS and slugging.
Votto wasn't a stud all the way through. Neither was Phillips. Frazier struggled. Bruce dominated. Hamilton's half and half. Ludwick wasn't studly. Mesoraco certainly wasn't.
Just on the Reds, you've got one pure studly stud in the lineup only.
Expecting a Pujols or ARod just isn't reality, IMO.
Agree with all of this.
If Hamilton pans out, the Reds could have 7 of the 8 starting spots locked up for the next 4 or 5 years, which is an eternity in baseball. Only LF is wide open going forward. It isn't all that much to ask a great GM like Walt to fill a corner outfield spot with a bargain FA every couple of years. Those type of moves are arguably his biggest strength.
I also think we have seen a focus on pitching in recent years. Both in terms of trading young bats for major league arms and also in terms of using a majority of the early picks the last few years on pitching.
That pendulum will likely swing back in the other direction soon. I could see a power hitting 3B or OF as the #1 pick this summer. And I personally think it is highly likely that in the next 18 months we see one of the young starters (Bailey?) traded for a couple highly regarded hitting prospects. A trade like the Shields trade makes too much sense for one not to happen eventually.