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Reds Player Power Rankings, and some not-so-random thoughts

A collection of miscellanea, both Reds-related and otherwise…

Over at Cincinnati Magazine, you can find the first installment of my Cincinnati Reds Player Power Rankings. It’s just like the traditional MLB team power rankings that you see everywhere, except that I’m ranking every Red player, from 32 all the way to number one.

You’ll be shocked when you see who is number 18!!!

Go take a look at the rankings and let me know where you agree and disagree.


Adam Duvall’s grand slam last night:


My friends over at CM also just published this interesting piece, entitled “Reds Superfan Mary Alice Gausman is in A League of Her Own.”

You really should take the time to read it. At first, it appears to be a fluffy profile of a really big Reds fan. In the middle, however, it takes a dark turn. By the end, you will have gained a measure of admiration for this remarkable Reds fan.


Red Reporter has this fun video they call “Scootering with Scooter Gennett.” It sounds like exactly what it is: Matt Allaire has interviewed Scooter. While they are on Scooters.


This guy is an amazing lyricist:



Check out this short video of MLB Network’s Brian Kenny lauding Reds manager Bryan Price for his creative use of the bullpen. Honestly, this is one of the most exciting things I’ve seen the Reds do in a long time. This team — and this manager — may actually be on the cutting edge of baseball evolution.

It’s kinda fun.


Did you see this bunt by Kyle Schwarber?


The Easter Bunny is a savage:


So Tim Adleman is starting Friday’s game, and it appears that Cody Reed will start on Saturday. I’m glad Reed is getting a start; that guy looks like a different pitcher right now.

As for Adleman, I dunno. He seems like a great guy, and he has an incredible story of perseverance, and he’s a fellow Georgetown guy. Adleman is an easy guy to root for, and I hope he goes out and tosses seven shutout innings on Friday.

But he’ll turn thirty years old later this year. I’d much rather that start go to Robert Stephenson, or Michael Lorenzen (please), or even Sal Romano again. But what do I know?


I took my son to an FC Cincinnati game over the weekend. It was our first FCC game, and we had a blast.

That club is really creating something special. I was in awe of the gameday experience…and the team was pretty darn good, too. Djiby Fall is probably the greatest soccer player on earth, if Saturday is any indication.

If you get a chance to check out FC Cincinnati, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a fun time.


Have you watched the latest season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix? You should. It’s so good.

If you don’t know what MST3K is, where have you been the last two decades? Well, they made a Kickstarter-funded new season, after being off the air since 1999, and it’s now on Netflix. I’ve watched the first four episodes, and they’re really, really good. I was an obsessive fan of the old show as a teen, and I was concerned that they’d screw up something that I used to love. No, they executed this perfectly.

So, if you haven’t seen the new season yet, I encourage you to check them out on Netflix. (Netflix also has a bunch of the old shows, too, if you want to get a flavor for what you missed back in the 90s.) Then there’s this:

20 thoughts on “Reds Player Power Rankings, and some not-so-random thoughts

  1. Chad – I enjoyed the small sample size Reds power rankings, and they’re way more fun than they will be later in the year when things revert to form a bit more. I’d love to see Suarez and Cozart stay way up on the list though – it could happen, right? But perhaps more importantly, thanks for the tip on MST3K on Netflix. You’d think from my user name that I was already aware of this exciting development. I was not, but will be in binge watch mode this weekend. Thanks!

      • Loved the old show so much. Watched a couple of the old episodes on Netflix over the last 2-3 weeks. I haven’t checked out the new series yet but it’s on our list.

        And I felt pretty old when you said you enjoyed watching the show as a teen. I was well into my 20s for most of the original run.

  2. I’m glad you linked that article to Mary Alice. She’s a personal friend of mine and my family. I grew up with her grand-daughter.

  3. I like your rankings a lot. My only comment is that I would have Votto #9 (and climbing) and Schebler #11. Someone on another blog said that the plasma injections for his elbow last year were the reason that Lorenzen won’t be given a chance to start until 2018. I don’t mind that – if they give him a legitimate chance to star next year.

    • Well, the rankings were done before last night’s game, but I can’t argue with your point. I kinda liked the idea, as well, of having Votto outside the top ten…since it’ll be the last time he’s outside the top ten all year.

  4. Poking around with some plate discipline stats… I found something interesting…

    If you take the difference between zSwing% and oSwing%, it sort of gives an idea of how good a player’s “eye” is.

    No surprise, Votto is first in MLB with a delta of 61.6 (84.2 zSwing% vesus 22.6% oSwing%).

    Ian Kinsler is 2nd…

    Mr. Scott Schebler is 3rd with a zSwing of 84% and an oSwing of 29%. That’s pretty impressive. A guy that can show (even over a brief period) this level of strike zone mastery deserves a shot. I like Winker a lot, but think we need to keep Schebler up and playing for an extended period of time.

    • FWIW, Orioles 1B Chris Davis is worst in MLB with a delta of only 16.4%.

        • His delta is about 33%, which I think would put him around the bottom of the mid-pack tier. I already closed out of that spreadsheet and didn’t save it so I can’t give a definitive ranking.

  5. I watched the first episode of MST3K on Monday and loved it. The special effects in Reptilicus…

    The casting decisions were spot on. It was very smart to get Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, and Jonah Ray for the show, as it gave the show instant credibility with their target audience, and they all are clearly fans of the old show.

  6. Watched MST3K the other day, it’s as good as I remember. I found it on an app called Pluto (on amazon fire) that has a dedicated MST3K channel.

  7. Given Finnegan is on the DL I would have moved him down a few notches, and after last night’s game, probably Schebler as well, although I still have hope for him being pretty decent this year. Thanks for posting this. It’s always fun to see what your thoughts are.

  8. Season 3 of Bosch starts on Amazon Prime Friday night. One of the best shows anywhere. Stranger Things was creepy cool too. It’s been awhile but I’ll check out MST3K. Good stuff Chad. Oh yeah, the Reds. Nice to see Cody Reed get a start. He’s looked much different lately. Light bulb angle?

    • I do think Reed has started to figure things out. He’ll be fun to watch this season. Will still struggle occasionally, but I expect progress.

  9. The biggest mystery of the 2017 season, what exactly is Zack Cozart worth to the Reds &/or to another MLB team that might want or need him?

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