Yes I know.. we have all discussed this in some thread or another. Has anyone seen what he's done in August?
.313 7 HR's (6 in his last 7 games) 23 RBI's (20 in his last 10 games) 13 Runs (11 in last 10 games) .351 OBP .672 SLG 1.023 OPS
Votto is most likely going to be in the running for MVP as well as he should. He was selected to the Futures Game and AAA All-Star Game this season. I believe it is time to get a look at this young slugging 1st baseman now rather than in September. The more time you have to evaluate him at the big league level the better so you know what step to take in the offseason. Reds are heading home for a series against Atlanta a team that is offensively stacked. We face a rotation of Hudson (14-5 3.02), James (9-9 4.22), Cormier (0-3 9.90), Carlyle (7-5 4.66). When you go up against a team with offense and pitching.. why not have some fire power of your own and make things interesting. Especially in front of your home town crowd. The Reds are not winning the Division.. which would be easier then winning the Wild Card so why not sell some tickets by bringing up a much touted prospect.
I know some of you are thinking.. well wear will he play with Hatteberg and Conine still platooning 1st base. Conine has cleared waivers and could be dealt anytime.. if it doesn't happen then DFA Mark Bellhorn and call up Joey Votto. If Conine is dealt then Votto takes over the starting roll of 1st. If they are not able to deal Conine then Conine moves to the bench and getting some time at 1st/OF. Hatteberg becomes the back up to Votto who still would start at 1st upon the call up. Hopper will fill in at 2nd if needed.
All in all.. what does Votto have to prove in AAA (.303 21 HR 87 RBI .391 OBP .495 SLG .887 OPS)?