Its early in the offsesason, but the Reds crowded OF and Corner IF spots could get more interesting with a number of guys trying to advance and audition in Fall/Winter ball.
Chris Heisey is off to a fast start. Last night he went 2 for 3 with a double and a HR. So far he's 8 for 15 with 2 doubles, a triple, a HR, 2 BBs and an SB. With a half season in AAA, Heisey is a bit advanced for the AFL. It will be interesting to see what the Reds do with Heisey since Stubbs seems to have solidified CF of the future and both Gomes and Balentien may be ahead of him as the RH corner OF. Heisey could probably use a half season in AAA but he Francisco and Frazier will be pushing for time in the big league OF in 2010 at some point. You have to wonder if the Reds are showcasing Heisey for a trade by playing him in the AFL with him already having AAA experience.
Yonder Alonso went 0 for 3 with a SF and is starting off as cool as Heisey is hot. Alonso is 2 for 12 with a HR, a Walk and a SF. Another interesting name for a crowded picture. Votto at 1B and Alonso coming could push Joey to the OF.
In Mexico, Wes Bankston went 1 for 4 and is off to a decent start playing 3B - 8 for 25 with a double a HR and 3 BB for .320/.367/.480/.847. Playing 3B may make him valuable. There wouldn't seem to be much room for Bankston, but he was once considered a pretty good prospect and won't turn 26 until late November. I wouldn't mind seeing him brought back - especially if the Reds deal some others to fill other holes.
Darnell McDonald probably won't be back but he's off to a .500/.519/.958/.1.477 start. He did a good job providing AAA experience and depth for the big leagues. A team could do worse than having him at the end of the bench, but the Reds don't have room.
Adam Rosales is off to a slow start at .192/.344/.231/.575 but is getting on base with 5 walks. He plays a lot of positions and I still think he has a future as a major league bench player. His history suggests that he takes time to adjust to a new league so maybe he'll be better in the big leagues next time around. The Reds may not have room and I wonder if he'll be able to stick on the 40 man roster at this point. He'll be 27 in May.
In Venezuela, another name for the mix, Danny Dorn didn't play, but he's off to a bit of a slow start at .182/.357/.318/.675. He also is getting on base with 7 walks already. I hope he's protected from the Rule 5 draft.