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    Thursday 7/19/2012 Minor-League Updates

    Well, Louisville's game didn't turn out as nicely as the Reds', but it was not for lack of excitement. The Bats scored four in the ninth to fall short, 13-12. Homers in the game for H-Rod, Puckett, Costanzo and Soto.

    The pitchers who got roughed up: Reineke, Fisher, Texeira and (to a lesser extent) Christiani.

    Hitters, on the other hand: H-Rod 4-5 (.327), Soto 2-4, 5 RBI, Costanzo 2-5, 3 RBI, Harris 2-5, Phipps 1-3, 2 BB.

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    .....and H-Rod has what else to prove?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vottomatic View Post
    .....and H-Rod has what else to prove?????
    That he can make it through the league once? He has just over 50 total plate appearances in AAA right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    That he can make it through the league once? He has just over 50 total plate appearances in AAA right now.
    No doubt he needs some more seasoning. Before this game, Rodrigez's AAA line was .280/ .294/ .360/ .654.

    Let's wait to see how well he does after 200 - 300 more ABs in the upper minors just to make sure he's of possible help to the major league club. If he hits well (after 55 ABs-- .327/ .339/ .455/ .794), then, in September, he can come up and play some 3B, perhaps some 2B and give rest where needed.

    I will say that his the type of bat the Reds definitely need. He's a switch hitter and has a high BA-driven obp without K'ing too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    That he can make it through the league once? He has just over 50 total plate appearances in AAA right now.
    The kid is a natural hitter. It's already obvious. But he wasn't a first round pick so he'll get buried as the Reds fiddle around with their high draft picks and give them every chance to succeed. The excuse machine is in order for guys like H-Rod. Seen for decades. Hence we get guys like Stubbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vottomatic View Post
    The kid is a natural hitter. It's already obvious. But he wasn't a first round pick so he'll get buried as the Reds fiddle around with their high draft picks and give them every chance to succeed. The excuse machine is in order for guys like H-Rod. Seen for decades. Hence we get guys like Stubbs.
    He couldn't be a first round pick even if he wanted. He was not born in the country. And the Reds have aggressively promoted him throughout his career. And yes, the guy is a natural hitter. But he is also 22 years old. You know where Stubbs was when he was 22? In Dayton.

    Who are these 22 year olds in AAA that get buried?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vottomatic View Post
    The kid is a natural hitter. It's already obvious. But he wasn't a first round pick so he'll get buried as the Reds fiddle around with their high draft picks and give them every chance to succeed. The excuse machine is in order for guys like H-Rod. Seen for decades. Hence we get guys like Stubbs.
    He has 1 walk at AAA and shown no power. If he wants to get called up, he'll have to prove he can hit at the higher levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuffyPig View Post
    He has 1 walk at AAA and shown no power. If he wants to get called up, he'll have to prove he can hit at the higher levels.
    Agree about the walks, but he is at the highest minor league level now and so far is still hitting like he did at the lower levels. If he remains .300+ the rest of the season, he has nothing left to prove in the minors. He may flop in the majors, with the same struggle as Juan Francisco not being able to take a walk.
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    I see HRod getting a September call up and competing for a bench spot with the Reds next year. That's my expected timetable.

    He may someday be a regular, but he would be a welcome addition to the Reds' bench next season. An actual switch hitter. The Cairo spot is awaiting him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    I see HRod getting a September call up and competing for a bench spot with the Reds next year. That's my expected timetable.

    He may someday be a regular, but he would be a welcome addition to the Reds' bench next season. An actual switch hitter. The Cairo spot is awaiting him.
    Exactly. He is Cairo's 2013 replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    I see HRod getting a September call up and competing for a bench spot with the Reds next year. That's my expected timetable.

    He may someday be a regular, but he would be a welcome addition to the Reds' bench next season. An actual switch hitter. The Cairo spot is awaiting him.
    Agreed...unless Rolen goes down in the next 3-4 weeks. Then I'd expect we'd see H-Rod in Cincy earlier. Otherwise, he likely sticks with the big club next year (or flipped at the deadline).
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    Dayton is free tonight if you want to watch online - http://www.whiotv.com/s/weather/7weathernow/

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    Lotzkar on bump for Pensacola tonite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by membengal View Post
    Lotzkar on bump for Pensacola tonite.
    I wish he would stop being on the bump.

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    Jacob Johnson got rocked for six runs in the first. Looks like he is setting down now as it is 6-2 going into the bottom of the third. Dragons chip away with two in the bottom of the second on a walk to Ryan Wright and singles by Kyle Waldrop and Sean Buckley.
    A summer watching a bad Reds' team, is still a pretty good summer.


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