Originally Posted by flyer85
While it is possible to promote a player to quickly it is also possible to promote too slowly and stifle their development as well. EE was outstanding in AAA last season. Nothing left to prove at that level, he needs to be challenged at the major league level.
Yep, their hesitancy to pencil him at third barring a ST disaster is one of the stranger tales to come out of Reds camp in recent years. Either EE can play at a consistently high level in the majors or he can't. Sitting him behind the craptastic Aurilia isn't going to answer anything, and will only make matters worse. I honestly have less of a problem with Womack at 2nd than I do with Aurilia at third. Awful as Womack is, at least he isn't stifling the development of another younger player there (Freel, I assume, will find his way into the lineup somewhere). Giving Aurilia the 3B nod has the potential to have a detrimental effect on this team for years to come.