I was at the Louisville Bats game Sunday evening and I picked up the stat sheet as I always do. I decided to focus on a part of the sheet to which I typically only give a cursory view and that is the “games played by position” category of the stat sheet. It’s no guarantee for a number of reasons, such as player availability or due to injury, but knowing what positions the AAA guys are playing gives some indication as to some of the Reds’ future plans.

For example, over the winter and early spring there was discussion that Reds’ top prospect Todd Frazier may be playing second base in preparation for a potential Brandon Phillips trade at this year’s trade deadline, since Phillips’ contract jumps to nearly $11 million next year. With the Reds in first place, I think a deal would be a moot point at this time, but no matter the case, you may be surprised to know that Frazier has not played one game at second base this season. My guess is he won’t be playing second base any time soon for the Reds.

So, below is a list of Bats players and games played by position this year through the first 49 games (sorry, it doesn’t split up the outfield):

Yonder Alonso: OF–11 games, 1b–5 games
Wladimir Balentien: OF–27 games
Chris Burke: OF–34 games, 2b-2 games
Wilkin Castillo: C–20 games, 3b–9 games, OF–3 games, 2b–2 games, 1b–1 game
Zack Cozart: SS-49 games
Daniel Dorn: 1B–21 games, OF–2 games
Juan Francisco: 3B–14 games, OF–5 games, 1B–3 games
Todd Frazier: 3B–17 games, OF–16 games, 1B–8 games
Michael Griffin: OF–10 games
Jake Long: C–2 games
Drew Sutton: 1B–16 games, OF–9 games, 2B–7 games, 3B–6 games
Luis Terrero: OF–12 games
Chris Valaika: 2B–42 games, 3B–3 games, SS-1 game

So, what do you make of it? What are the futures for these prospects?

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  1. Steve, do you think Frazier not playing at 2B has anything to do with the resurgence of Chris Valaika in the team’s view and the struggles of Frazier?

    • Steve, do you think Frazier not playing at 2B has anything to do with the resurgence of Chris Valaika in the team’s view and the struggles of Frazier

      You have to think those are the reasons. For Frazier to NOT have a played ANY time at 2b has to speak volumes. And he really doesn’t seem to hit enough to hold a regular spot for any length of time at a corner spot.

      We were seated pretty close to a couple of scouts last night. They seemed to writing the most immediately following Balentien’s at bats, especially after his homers. Balentien was having a great time at the plate. I had never seen this before, but he even appealed a check swing before the catcher did to make certain it was called a ball and not a swing. It is possible the scouts were checking out the Braves’ Jordan Schaefer who was chasing Balentien’s homers…

      Cozart has played every game at shortstop (50 after last night). Valaika has missed eight at 2b. I think Valaika’s zero home run total stands out, especially for a “hitting” second baseman…one has to wonder if there’s a lasting effect.

      Frazier has been batting in the lower third of the order all year. Just recently moved up to seventh from ninth. Yonder hasn’t shown much power either (one homer). He reminds me more of a line drive doubles hitter than a typical first base slugger.

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