My concern with Votto lies completely in his power. I think he can be a pretty decent major league hitter and I'm pretty sure he can have a good career in a Sean Casey or Scott Hatteberg kind of way. My reservations are simply that at 1B, I want more than that. I am not convinced that JV is going to be the prototypical guy who can do all those Casey and Hatte things while slugging .500+ and putting up 30 HRs. Honestly, when you look around and see guys like Pujols, Berkman, Lee, Gonzalez, DelGado, Howard, Fielder and Teixiera, a 1B like Hatte is a disadvantage versus the competition even if he is one of the better hitters on the team. Joey needs to be a lot better than that, even though if he'd put up a Hatte like season each year, he'd probably be considered a good hitter.
So, for me anyway, it isn't that I don't think Votto will be a decent major league hitter. I just am not convinced that he'll put up enough power at 1B to keep the competition from having a leg up on the Reds.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
On your list, he is ahead of Berkman, Gonzalez, Delgado, plus ahead of Konerko,and Helton.
If Votto can walk and hit 20 HR's per season, he can post a .900 OPS. THere's currently only 7 firstbaseman in the majors at that level.
I think Joey Votto might be suffering post trade deadling syndrome. He had his hopes up Hatteberg would be traded and was disappointed he wasn't. Think his being switched lf for a couple game then first for a couple then left could be affecting him too.
Joey will be a hitter in the majors prob in .280-.290 range with good power to all fields , he's just struggling a little right now , he'll bounce back
I like Votto's hitting a lot. I like his approach too. A solid patient hitter. He will be a lot like Dunn, but with fewer HR's. I think he is bored now, and maybe a bit deceived by the view of media and fans that he would be with the Reds by now. It is a shame he isn't here because we have two 40 year olds playing instead of him on a last place team.
I know I would be disappointed if I were Votto. What more does he have to do? If you aren't going to play him then trade him, he needs to get some big league experience. If you aren't going to give it to him then give the kid a chance to do it elsewhere.
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There's plenty more Votto can do and has to learn in AAA.
Just a quick note. The Sarasota Reds played a double header yesterday.
Derrik Lutz picked up the save in both games. He threw 1 inning and 0.2 innings in each game. How weird is that?
While I don't have a problem with Hatteberg at all as a player or a person, he will not be on the Reds next time it actually matters to be a Red. Votto should be getting at bats right now to be getting ready for that time.
Here is the way I look at Votto....
He is Scott Hatteberg with a few more strikeouts and a lot more power even though he is 14 years younger.