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Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Now it's only ONE write up and from a year or so ago, so take it for what it's worth. But from what I've seen of Dorn, he's average defensively. He's not great at all, but he won't kill you either. But we wouldn't be bringing him up for his defensive chops...so I'm not sure how much that should even factor into it regardless. Against right handers, he can hit. Period.On the defensive side, Dorn split time between first base (30 games), leftfield (10 games), and rightfield (23 games). It could have happened out of necessity, but it was also likely an effort to increase his value through increased flexibility on defense. The more things he can do for the team, the more likely he'll win a spot on the bench at the MLB level.
Over the course of his minor league career, Dorn has been 10 runs above average in 225 games in leftfield under the Total Zone Fielding Runs Above Average (Rtz) metric. While there remains a degree of imprecision in fielding metrics, it seems likely that Dorn will at the very least avoid being a significant defensive liability and could ultimately be around league average. He may never be an asset with the glove, but he should be able to avoid offsetting his offensive production with shoddy glove work.
I found another one concerning Dorn's defense.
Both match up pretty well with what I've seen personally. Not close to bad enough to be a concern IMO.In leftfield, Dorn is average at best, but he has added some versatility with increased playing time at first base. As of now, he can be competent at either spot. His arm strength is average at best. He throws from a high three-quarter arm slot, which results in his throws tailing off to his arm side and works to rob his throws of carry. However, his arm would certainly pose no problem at either first base or leftfield.
Dorn's foot speed is a notch below average and he lacks first step quickness, which means he isn't much of a threat on the bases and lacks range in the field.
Interesting on Dorn. If Harris continues to falter, might as well give Dorn a shot. He a left-handed stick with pop. Couldn't hurt to give him a chance. Then if that doesn't work, go out and trade for a backup left-handed stick. (Shouldn't be too hard to find once bad teams start falling out of the race. We're not talking about landing a good starting pitcher or something. We're talking about dealing for a left-handed bat off the bench. Walt will get it done.)
So one side of me looks at our bench - which is a huge weakness, not a strength, with guys like Harris and Valdez - and wants Frazier up here. But then the other side sees the positives of having him playing 3B every day at Louisville, getting the experience, as well as the ABs, and for now that may be for the best.Bell said Frazier is a versatile player, but he began the season as Louisville's everyday third baseman. Because Frazier has less experience at third than at other positions -- he's played all four infield positions as well as left field since the Reds chose him as a supplemental first-round pick in the 2007 Draft -- the plan is for Frazier to play third for the Bats most days to become more comfortable at that position.
"It's good knowing that they want me to play one position," Frazier said. "I consider myself a utility guy, but at the same time playing third base every day is pretty cool."
So Frazier said he will continue to work and wait, preparing himself for that callup to Cincinnati.
We all knew (Walt included) that this day would come with Rolen and the 3B position. His "absence" killed us last year. Not just at 3B, but in the #4 spot. And this organization has done very little to address that "future" IMO. We thought, for a time, it might be Francisco. That didn't work out. They traded him away, which I had no problem with; but who is that back-up? Cairo? I like the guy, but c'mon, he's a year older then Rolen. And he is also currently hurt (hamstring). Now I read the other day that the team is going to take it slow (cautiously) with Cairo. So where does that leave us? Especially with the way Baker rests Rolen. That means we're going to see even more of Harris/Valdez? I wanna puke.
So I would have no problem with this team DL'ing Cairo and calling up Frazier for now, and give him some more playing time at 3B. That is a far better alternative them what I am seeing.
Harris shouldn't even be in a Red's uniform.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
I think Frazier is probably not going to benefit much more from playing at AAA. I think he's probably as ready as he's going to get. Lets not fool ourselves though. He's not a very good defender at 3B (worse than Francisco even), he struggles with making contact and probably won't hit for a very high average. He's got a role as a reserve power RH PH, OF/1B who can play other IF spots on occassion but probably would kill the pitching staff if he played too much or too many games in a row at the other spots. He may pass as a below average 3B, but he'd only be a stopgap IMO. Best case I can see for him is as a platoon LF who kills lefty pitching in the Jonny Gomes mold, but with decent OF defense added to the mix.
I'm not convinced he's better than Cairo, but he's probably more versatile and provides more of a game changing threat, so that helps. He'll be a decent replacement for Cairo next year when Cairo's contract is done. Replacing Rolen is another matter. Lets hope H-Rod takes to 3B.
"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
Well, good news: Frazier has been called up. Joining the team today in St. Louis (per Sheldon).
Sheldon also says:
It looks like the Reds have called up infielder Todd Frazier from Triple-A Louisville for the game tonight vs. the Cardinals.
I know this because Frazier is on my flight from Cincinnati to St. Louis.
A corresponding move has not been announced … but Miguel Cairo hurt his hamstring in Saturday’s game. We will soon know for sure.
ďA healthy Reds team is a strong Reds team"
I wonder if they are going to put Phillips on the DL, as he reinjured his hamstring in the last Wash game.
I actually hope they do.. It would be nice to force Phillips to rest his injury for 15 days.. Naturally, I hope Phillips injury is not that bad.
Thank you Walt and Bob for bringing winning baseball back to Cincy
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
Todd Frazier was the flight to St. Louis with Mark Sheldon of mlb.com this morning. Could be Frazier’s here to see the arch, I suppose. It’s more likely he’s been called up and will replace the injured Miguel Cairo on the roster.
The Reds have not announced a roster move.
Frazier’s heated up at the plate recently. He went to 2-for-3 last night for Louisville to extend his hitting streak to five games. He’s hitting .333 with a home run and four RBI in those five games. He’s hitting .231 overall.
It's now official. Frazier has been called-up; Cairo to the DL.
It's basically a catch-22 situation. What other alternatives do they have with your back-up 3Bman now going on the DL? They had to call Frazier back up. And I wouldn't be surprised to see him alternating between 3B and 2B (with BP still not 100%).
At least that's what I'd do, but I'm not Dusty.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations