Originally Posted by Brutus
Except those 1,000 plate appearances on the field that says he's a .735 OPS hitter.
If someone hits 30 homers, those homers are hit. You can't act like they weren't. If someone strikes out 200 times, those strikeouts count. If someone steals 50 bases, those bases are stolen.
Similarly, Heisey has a .735 OPS. Heisey has created about 112 runs in his career. Those count. And on a per-plate appearance basis, that's just a hair below average.
Those runs he's created count, no matter how much you try to act as if they don't. Call it mathematical. Call it theoretical. Call it whatever you like. But production is production no matter how you slice it. And a .735 OPS is almost roughly league average.
So do you think that production is predictive of what Heisey could do as an every day player?
A lot of that was from the team protecting him by leaving him on the bench when a pitcher who would obviously carve him up was out there.
Heisey is a nice 300 PA per year bench player who can play all three spots and run well. He's a good pinch hitter and a nice guy to have late in the game when a double switch makes sense. He's simply not a guy I'd want in there every day. A starting OF is out for an extended period and Heisey is playing more than he ideally should. The fact that he's a lesser option isn't a surprise. Its why he's not a starter in the first place.
The Reds need to mix and match until Ludwick returns. Maybe Billy Hamilton will force the issue down the road and push Choo to LF and solve the problem. I'm thinking the Reds simply don't have an ideal every day player to run out there, but its not a fatal blow and not worth thinning the pitching depth to address. There won't be many deals avaailable until about the time Ludwick should be coming back. I'd love to add a Seth Smith or a David Dejesus to the picture (or Wil Venable as I've touted for a couple years and as M2 has been suggesting), but I don't see a deal being on the table any time soon. If one was, I wouldn't deal anything major to pursue it. The Reds need the guys they have. Perhaps one of the fringe relievers (Simon, Ondrusek) and second tier kids (Lamarre, Soto, Guillon) could net a guy like Dejesus who is in the last year of his deal and will probably be blocking a more long term option at some point. By then, the Reds may have their own long term option ready to go or Ludwick may be back. We're going to need to live with bench players doing the job for a while. It's not the end of the world.