Originally Posted by dwyerbrg
Billy is hitting .205/.278/.307 in AAA...he's not ready and to bring him up now just makes this offense worse at this point.
Barnhart is better, but he's in AA...doubt they bring up a C from AA at this point in time.
I don't think trading pitching for hitting at this point is a good idea unless the guy you get is a superstar...I don't know that Headley or Young would be worth giving up our pitching depth...
I know what billy is hitting in AAA. I also heard his BABIP is only .250. Also in a perfect world I'd say use Robinson in the outfield and bat him second. While using hannahan and hrod at third. Unfortunately the reds play in dustys world where the one or two times a week Robinson gets to play, he bats 8th and any of his speed and bunting ability is negated.
I recognize Hamilton isn't ready but I think dusty would be more likely to bat him second than Robinson, plus he doesn't have to light the world up. He had to be fast and be able to get a runner over. If he can only get on base once a game I think his speed would be a more of a factor than anything anyone else does in that spot. Right now no one in the two hole even has the consistent ability to even just move choo over after he gets on.
As far as Barnhart, the reds just brought Lutz up from AA. Idk why really. We have enough players of his handiness and skillset on the team. I'd go with Hrod. I would only go with Barnhart if hanigan is going to be out awhile. I heard his D is major league ready and I think anything is better than corkys bat. It's like having two pitchers in a row and that's an insult to some of our pitchers hitting.
I'd never give up any of our starters for young. He's older and would just be a rental. Use prospects. Headley is a superstar and I think he'd bring this lineup together, improve the D and add protection to votto. What's the point of investing 225 million if he's never going to be able to hit at his maximum potential if he's never pitched to?