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    Reds Sign OF Travis Mitchell

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    It looks like this is a favor to someone because it's hard to imagine someone who performed so poorly making such a drastic turnaround. I think the best case scenario for Mitchell is that he stick as a reserve outfielder in Bakersfield.

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    Re: Reds Sign OF Travis Mitchell

    The guy couldn't clear Rookie League for three years. Does his family run a field reconditioning business?

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    Re: Reds Sign OF Travis Mitchell

    Interesting that he comes from the St. Louis farm system. When did Jocketty arrive in Cincy again?

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    Re: Reds Sign OF Travis Mitchell

    Strikes me as odd that as an 18 yo 13th rounder, they started him in the Appalachian League rather than the Gulf Coast.

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    Re: Reds Sign OF Travis Mitchell

    "Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini

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    Re: Reds Sign OF Travis Mitchell

    Might need an extra outfielder in extended. Last year, they brought in a guy like this, took a look, and released him.

    One value in these kind of players that you have absolutely nothing invested in: he is on the roster and can play if needed but the manager doesn't have any obligation to get him x number of at-bats per week (and thus, take at-bats away from the guys that you are actually trying to develop). In A-ball, you have 13 positions players on the roster and only nine are playing at a time, so that means four guys are on the bench everyday. With most players, the manager is required to get everybody in on a regular basis, and if you have prospects that you want playing every day...you can only cut the pie into so many slices.

    If I had a club with 3-4 outfielders that I wanted on the field pretty much daily, I would want that fifth OF to be a guy that I didn't have orders to get playing time. Could be this kind of deal. Could be they got a good scouting report on the kid from someone and just want to take a look to see if he can help somewhere.


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