According to Reds Twitter:
Sure will be interesting to see how they manage his playing time. And at which current starter’s expense.
RHP Barrett Astin was sent back down to Louisville to make room for Winker on the 25-man roster.
Too-Instant Analysis: It’s hard to imagine the Reds called up Winker to have him ride the bench. He’s not going to replace Adam Duvall or Billy Hamilton. That leaves Scott Schebler. Let’s break down Schebler’s line: .161/.278/.419. His batting average (.161) is low, but weighted down by a BABIP of .125. Schebler’s career BABIP is .292.
Aside from that, Schebler’s 2017 walk rate is 11.1%. That’s second among Reds regulars to Eugenio Suarez. It’s an outstanding rate, it would have been in the top 25 of major league regulars last year. Schebler’s 2017 isolated power (ISO) of .258 is also tremendous. It would have been in the top 15 of regular major league players last year.
While I’m excited to see how Jesse Winker does in the major leagues, if the plan is to bench Scott Schebler based on his 2017 performance, that’s incredibly disappointing. Schebler has excelled at plate discipline and hitting with power. Hit batting average will come up when the hits start falling in at his career rate.
More Hot Analysis: As Doug Gray points out on Twitter, this may simply be a two-game move until the Reds call up a SP (Sal Romano) for the Sunday start. Part of that is thinking they wouldn’t use Astin in the bullpen today after he pitched yesterday.