You may have read this already, but I thought I’d post it here too. I wrote about Scott Schebler for Cincinnati Magazine yesterday; it’s an exploration of who he is and what his ceiling might be for the ol’ Redlegs:
In the wake of last week’s Jay Bruce trade, the Reds recalled Scott Schebler from Triple-A Louisville. In his first start since his return to the big club, Schebler went 3-5 and absolutely destroyed a baseball for a walk-off home run to beat the Cardinals. The next night, Schebler—playing in Bruce’s old right field stomping grounds—leaped high above the fence to rob a home run. In his third game, he collected a double and a couple of runs scored.
Hey, that was a fun time, wasn’t it? For those of us still in shock about the Bruce trade, it permitted an opportunity to dream a little bit. After all, Schebler had been killing the ball in Louisville after the Reds sent him down in early May. He was the International League’s Player of the Month in July, and had posted a Triple-A batting line of .311/.370/.564 with 13 home runs, 18 doubles, and 8 triples in 75 games. He came to the big leagues and immediately made an impact.
Forget Jay Bruce!
So go give it a read and let me know what you think. Honestly, I was a little surprised by the conclusion that I ended up drawing (re: Schebler vs. Adam Duvall). I’m starting to think Schebler has a chance to be a real contributor for the next few years, even if just as a nice bat off the bench. Or maybe more.