Re: 2013 Louisville Bats Roster
Two really nice OF reserves in Fellhauer and Perez are kind of wasted, IMO, but AA is stacked as well. Too, Negron at 2B? Waste of a spot there. I'd move Rodriguez between SS, 2B, and 3B while playing every day, make Hessman a 3B, and give the two backup OFers more time.
The rotation looks solid, with Cingrani and Corcino at the top. The rest of innings eaters who're serviceable at best.
I do like the pen, with possible help in Prior (love the Ks, hate the BBs), Arredondo (see Prior), Whelan (short-term long inning guy), and De La Rosa (LOOGY), not to mention Villareal's stuff (low 90s, decent projection/ possibility for decent slider) may play up as a bullpenner.
Both Soto and Hessman are solid bets to hit a ton of homers this season. In fact, Hessman might be a Soto minor league comp, should the former high round draftee not figure out AAA pitching this season. Rodriguez should play well ahead of them, as should the speedsters Robinson and Hamilton.
D. Robinson/ Fellhauer LF
H. Rodriguez IF
Hessman 3B/ DH
Perez/ Phipps RF
Possible help to Cincinnati ranges from fourth/ fifth OF in Phipps, Robinson to starter help if Hamilton dominates and someone in Redland struggles. Negron, D. Robinson, Perez, and Hamilton can all caddy CF if Choo cannot.
Depending on what the Reds think of H. Rodriguez's defense across the diamond (and that certainly wasn't helped this Spring Training), there might be legitimate help at every position. Rodriguez can play 2B and 3B, and perhaps SS in a pinch. Same with Burriss. (You can add OF to his resume, as well.) Soto can stand at 1B and could emerge as a darkhorse prospect stud, a la Roberto Petagine, years ago. (He'll have to find 1B more ways than hit, though. Walking there would help.)
I really like Konrad Schmidt as a backup/ emergency catcher. He can hit and has turned himself into a very good defensive option as well. If either Hanigan or Mesoraco go down/ struggle, he may find himself playing-- and playing well-- in Cincinnati.
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