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    Re: Chris Valaika: Future second baseman?

    If Dunn isn't resigned I wouldn't be surprised to see Votto be the LF next year and a guy like Doug Mientkiewicz being brought in to man 1b till Fraizier is ready. Then once Alonso is ready, Fraizer gets moved over to 3rd and Alonso is your 1st baseman.
    So:
    opening day goes by posistions (If I were in charge)
    1b Mientkiewicz
    2b Kepp/Valiaka(If he makes the club out of ST)
    SS Brandon
    3b EE
    LF Votto
    CF Aquired CF
    RF Bruce
    C Hanigan/Ross(would like an upgrade of course)

    Around All Star Break
    1b Fraizier
    2b Valaika
    SS BP
    3b EE
    etc.

    and September call ups (cause I firmly believe Yonder will be a fast riser once he signs)
    1b Yonder
    2b Valaika
    SS BP
    3b Fraizer
    CF. Stubbs

    Of course this is all based on if guys like Valaika, Fraizer, Stubbs, and Yonder performing

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    Re: Chris Valaika: Future second baseman?

    The Reds might also feel that guys like Shaun Cumberland, Chris Dickerson (haha), and/or Danny Dorn could be ready to contribute fairly son.

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    Re: Chris Valaika: Future second baseman?

    Valaika has a .786 OPS in AA, I think talk of clearing room for him at second in the ML lineup is premature to say the least.

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    Re: Chris Valaika: Future second baseman?

    Quote Originally Posted by camisadelgolf View Post
    The Reds might also feel that guys like Shaun Cumberland, Chris Dickerson (haha), and/or Danny Dorn could be ready to contribute fairly son.
    Agreed, regardless of how you feel about Dunn I highly doubt he will be resigned, He is just going to be way too expensive when we have so much coming through the pipeline. Take the comp picks, add some more talent in the minors, preferably pitching, and move on. A short term Doug Mientkiewicz at 1b and Votto as the LF will allow for a lot of roster flexibility during the year next year once guys like Fraizer, Yonder, and Valaika are ready.

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    Re: Chris Valaika: Future second baseman?

    Quote Originally Posted by SMcGavin View Post
    Valaika has a .786 OPS in AA, I think talk of clearing room for him at second in the ML lineup is premature to say the least.
    he is at .786 b/c he is in a horrible slump at the moment, might have come out of it last night going 3-6. The entire Chatt team couldn't hit to save their lives this past week againsit the Mississippi Braves. Before then he was in the mid .800's I believe with an average around .318 or so

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    Re: Chris Valaika: Future second baseman?

    Quote Originally Posted by princeton View Post
    Walt would have dealt Bruce for Bedard?

    yikes
    Or perhaps Krivsky not moving Bailey a year and a half ago? Bruce was not what I was referring to anyhow. Just in a general sense that if you look at previous regimes, most of them did not (want to) move prospects.

    If you have a surplus at 1 position, why not trade with another team who has a surplus at the other positions where you need help? It's very simple. You can try to move players to unnatural positions, but it doesn't always work as planned (see Austin Kearns tries to move to 3B).

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    Re: Chris Valaika: Future second baseman?

    Quote Originally Posted by redhawk61 View Post
    he is at .786 b/c he is in a horrible slump at the moment, might have come out of it last night going 3-6. The entire Chatt team couldn't hit to save their lives this past week againsit the Mississippi Braves. Before then he was in the mid .800's I believe with an average around .318 or so
    So if you take out his bad games, his stats look better? On the whole Valaika has been a big hunk of mediocre ever since he left Billings.

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    Re: Chris Valaika: Future second baseman?

    Quote Originally Posted by SMcGavin View Post
    So if you take out his bad games, his stats look better? On the whole Valaika has been a big hunk of mediocre ever since he left Billings.
    No I am just saying he has been a lot better than you are giving him credit for
    all together this year he is hitting .317/.362/.484 OPS .846.....I don;t really consider that mediocre. Srry if he's not putting up Jay Bruce numbers.

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    Re: Chris Valaika: Future second baseman?

    Quote Originally Posted by redhawk61 View Post
    No I am just saying he has been a lot better than you are giving him credit for
    all together this year he is hitting .317/.362/.484 OPS .846.....I don;t really consider that mediocre. Srry if he's not putting up Jay Bruce numbers.
    Last year he tanked, I had pretty much written him off. This year he had an awesome month and a half at Sarasota which got my attention. I was hoping he'd prove me wrong and keep up the great work at Chattanooga. He hasn't.

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    Re: Chris Valaika: Future second baseman?

    Quote Originally Posted by SMcGavin View Post
    Last year he tanked, I had pretty much written him off. This year he had an awesome month and a half at Sarasota which got my attention. I was hoping he'd prove me wrong and keep up the great work at Chattanooga. He hasn't.
    He has kept up the good work at Chatt. Again once he gets back in a groove after his recent slump his OPS will be back to the mid. 800's. The slump brought down his stats and doesn't show how solid he has been thus far this year, granted you can;t take out those stats, but all players slump which hurts their numbers obviously

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    Re: Chris Valaika: Future second baseman?

    I've been very pleased with the way Valaika has played at Chattanooga.
    I miss Adam Dunn.

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    Re: Chris Valaika: Future second baseman?

    Valaika since Billings
    Dayton: 307/353/493 - 846 OPS
    Sarasota: 295/341/429 - 770 OPS
    Chattanooga: 297/348/439 - 787 OPS

    For comparison's sake, everyone's favorite bust who supposedly can't hit a lick:
    Dayton: 270/364/421 - 785 OPS
    Sarasota: 261/366/406 - 772 OPS
    Chattanooga: 323/417/387 - 804 OPS

    Valaika turns 23 next week, if you see a major league starter in those numbers you must be looking at something different than me. Not saying he can't improve and make it, but he's not the kind of guy you clear out a spot for in your future plans (as opposed to a Frazier or Alonso).

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    Re: Chris Valaika: Future second baseman?

    Valaika's numbers compare favorably to Michael Young of Texas, a guy who Valaika reminds me a lot of.
    I miss Adam Dunn.

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    Re: Chris Valaika: Future second baseman?

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    Valaika's numbers compare favorably to Michael Young of Texas, a guy who Valaika reminds me a lot of.
    Young has been able to put up almost the exact same numbers at the major league level as he did at the minor league level. You really want to count on Valaika pulling off the same rare feat?

    By the way Daniel Dorn's numbers compare favorably to those of Jason Bay. Sean Henry has been way better than Mike Cameron to this point of their career. Those are about as relevant as a comparison between Young/Valaika.

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    Re: Chris Valaika: Future second baseman?

    I'll just say that I've been more than pleased with the way Valaika has hit and I'm confident he'll be a good major league hitter, and scouts agree that.
    I miss Adam Dunn.


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