Friend of RN Tom Nichols continues with his preview of this year’s Dayton Dragons team:
Hands on Deck: Junior Arias, Sean Buckley.
The third base position has produced some outstanding players since the Dragons began play in 2000. Two Dragons third basemen have reached the major leagues to date. Juan Francisco led the Midwest League in home runs with the Dragons in 2007 when he belted 25, the fourth highest total in team history. Five years earlier, Edwin Encarnacion, who had just joined the Reds organization in a trade with the Texas Rangers, enjoyed a strong season in Dayton, batting .282 with 17 home runs, 73 runs batted in, and 25 stolen bases. Encarnacion was in the big leagues by 2005 and was dealt to Toronto in the Scott Rolen trade in 2009. Francisco reached the majors late in 2009 and is battling this spring for the 25th spot on the Reds roster, out of options.
Continue reading Dayton Dragons Preview Part 5 of 8 Third Base
Ran across this article over at Yahoo! Sports; Doug Poe, a Yahoo contributor doesn’t see much to rave about in the trade that brought Scott Rolen to the Reds:
During his three full years with Cincinnati, Edwin Encarnacion averaged nearly 20 homers, 72 RBIs, and hit about .270. The player they acquired in exchange [...]
For those who feel it’s taken Homer Bailey a long time to get to where many, including myself, think he’s going to go…
Someone asked Bill James on his website about Tom Glavine’s slow major league start in relation to other 300 game pitching winners.
Tom Glavine, ages 21-24, first four seasons, [...]
Everyone assumes, I think, that 2010 will be Bronson Arroyo’s last year with the Reds. This is the last year of his contract, and Arroyo is 33 years old, and the Reds have a nice group of young pitchers, so there has been a general consensus that Arroyo won’t be re-signed.
Lately, I’ve begun [...]
A Loyal Citizen of the Nation has submitted the following new sombreros. It’s Arthur Rhodes and Daniel Ray Herrera; previous sombrero pics (and some surprises) below the fold:
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Remember Wily Mo Pena? Check out this comment about Wily Mo from a past edition of Baseball Prospectus
Pena has a ton of power, but there’s not much else to recommend him. He won’t take walks, he struck out 442 times in 447 minor-league games, he can’t hit lefties, and, outside of a strong [...]
The Reds signed Orlando Cabrera to a free agent contract in the off season in an effort to strengthen one of the Reds’ biggest offseason question marks; that is, who plays shortstop or maybe the question was actually whether Paul Janish would hit enough to be the regular shortstop?
Janish was the default regular after oft-hurt Alex Gonzalez was dealt to the Red Sox in a post-trade deadline deal for minor leaguer Kris Negron last August. The Reds have been searching for a shortstop since the retirement of Barry Larkin following the 2004 season. Felipe Lopez gave us one good offensive season in 2005, but we’ve since gone through Gonzalez, Royce Clayton, Jeff Keppinger, Ray Olmedo, Juan Castro, Danny Richar, Enrique Cruz, William Bergolla, Rich Aurilia, Pedro Lopez, Jerry Hairston Jr. , Adam Rosales, Drew Sutton, and even Brandon Phillips has played there since Larkin retired. We even had current Reds’ shortstop Orlando Cabrera’s brother, Jolbert Cabrera, stand there for nine games in 2008.
I don’t know why, but I’m hearing Johnny Cash‘s “I’ve Been Everywhere” in the background; or maybe it’s REM’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It;” maybe it’s Billy Joel‘s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” I don’t know, but…
Am I the only one missing Barry Larkin?
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