This "Votto Window" is open probably pretty wide through 2017. He'll have plenty of power during that time. After, perhaps he can be an awesome 2 hitter with a .375 OBP for the rest of his years. Who knows. But think about how many drafts haven't happened, and the one's that are still very recent.
2009 - Hamilton is almost ready
2010 - Grandal = Latos
2011 Stephanson, Cingrani, probably 2-3 others will 'pop'
2012 Travieso, Winker, again probably 2-3 others will impact
If Hamilton is just a .340 OBP player with good defense, he could maybe score 110 runs one year.
The 2015 rotation could be Chapman, Latos, Cueto, Stephanson, Travieso. Or 100 other variations.
Winker may end up being a huge .900 ops bat, who knows?
Bruce may bring back a haul in a trade after he's hit 250 HR as a Red...who knows?
So many things will go right, that's what I think. The Reds have reached a higher plain and will be able to operate by regularly adding small tweeks through their farm and smart FA plans.
Chapman needs a couple of other pitches if he is going to be an effective starter. He uses his slider every now and then...rarely for a strike. Does not have a change up...How can he start?
2nd and 3rd time through the line up they will be hitting him hard. His fastball has no movement...it's fast...but straight.
I have a hard time thinking he can pitch 200 innings pitching 100mph 90% of the time.
Not this year...maybe a Wild Card
David Bell is now out of the organization; he signed on as 3B coach for the Cubs today.
Blocked out of the major league coaching staff here for the next 2 years; I can't blame him for moving on.
There's really nothing presently that precludes the Reds considering David Bell when Baker's contract is up. I understand it's possible he might take another job between now and then. Then again, others may be available too.
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