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Thread: Jesse Winker Article From Mark Sheldon

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    Re: Jesse Winker Article From Mark Sheldon

    Let's not overthink this. Obviously the Reds hope they can keep Bruce long-term (and they already smartly locked him up through 2018 at a very-reasonable price). But looking at the future, there is Hamilton to play CF, Phil Ervin to play CF (if Hamilton doesn't work out) or Ervin could be a corner outfielder if Hamilton does pan out, and then Winker as a corner outfielder as well. It makes sense to give Winker reps at LF and RF just in the event that he's needed at RF in the future. Chances are good Winker will be a LF, but I see no harm in him starting some games at Bakersfield in RF just to see if he can do it.


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    Re: Jesse Winker Article From Mark Sheldon

    Every minor league OF should be prepared to play as many positions out there as he possibly can. You never know what is going to happen during a 162 game season. Even if Bruce is still around when Winker is in the majors, you never when an injury might demand Jesse shift over to cover the other OF corner. The Reds need to know whether he can cover both corner positions. It's better to prepare him for that situation now rather than waiting for an emergency to arise at the major league level.

    Moving him to a more difficult defensive position cannot be construed as anything other than a positive. It means they have no reservations about his ability to handle LF and want to see if he can handle a tougher assignment.

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    Re: Jesse Winker Article From Mark Sheldon

    Versatility is a good thing, especially when trying to reach the majors.
    The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. -- Terrance Mann (Field of Dreams)

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    Re: Jesse Winker Article From Mark Sheldon

    I wouldn't worry about playing multiple positions. If they stuck him at 1B full time then I would be worried. Otherwise it's all a learning experience, a process and as long as he keeps hitting he'll have value to the Reds in more ways than one.

    His bat is exciting for sure, but more than anything I'm looking forward to having a guy with that kind of approach on the team. We need more players like that.
    I see great things in baseball. It's our game.


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