The Reds haven’t exactly played well since our last edition and it seems like a good time to simply run down the line and look at how stock is rising and falling and what might be there to take the place of someone struggling. There’s much more uncertainty with the pitchers than the position players because none of them are even remotely established.
Amir Garrett – Amir absolutely exploded during his last start. Don’t worry. It happens, but he bounces back. On August 4th, last year, he had a start in Louisville where he went 0.2 innings with 4 walks, a HBP, 0 Ks, and 3 runs. Sound familiar? Well, in his next start, this was his line – 7 ip, 7 Ks, 0 BB, 2 runs. He adapts and adjusts, but isn’t a completely finished product yet. Anyway, relax. He’ll be fine and isn’t going anywhere. Status: Very safe
Cody Reed – Well, he’s safe in the bullpen, at least. Reed is becoming a bit of an enigma. He pitched well in Louisville as a starter. He’s lights out in the bullpen, but seems utterly helpless whenever given a chance to start for the Reds. I understand the various criticisms of Reed, but they don’t explain why he can get at least once through the order out of the pen, but not at the start of the game. In any case, he seems to be a good bet to stay on the team, though one wonders how many chances he’ll get to start before he’s permanently assigned to the bullpen. Status: Safe
Robert Stephenson – Not as bad as he’s been so far is the best we can say about him. Yes, at 24, he’s still young. But he hasn’t had the kind of success you want a prospect to have since A-ball. That’s a lot of mediocre and, at the big-league level, bad. I can’t imagine he gets that much more time before he’s sent down to try and figure out how to throw strikes. Status: Lucky lots of pitchers are hurt
Rookie Davis – There are some injury issues here, so it’s hard to tell if we’re looking at performance or health. It would be reasonable to say that Davis was “rushed” to the big leagues faster than anyone else who’s started for the team this year. And of course, he had to pitch to Eric Thames, which really isn’t fair. Still, it hasn’t been good for Davis so far this year. He probably gets at least a few more chances simply because the Reds aren’t overflowing with options at the moment, but eventually, more pitchers will be healthy and he’s going to have to put up some good starts to stay with the team. Status: Lucky lots of pitchers are hurt.
Jose Peraza – The best thing Peraza has going for him right now is that Herrera isn’t hitting in AAA. That said, Peraza would have to be very bad for quite a while before it would approach time to look at someone else. Also he’s still super, super young – even compared to the young pitchers – and has already had a decent showing in the majors. Status: Safe.
Adam Duvall – I would like to apologize to Redleg Nation. A while ago, I tweeted that Adam Duvall was starting to make me a believer. He then went straight into the tank and is currently sitting on a .224/.268/.500 line. The slugging percentage will keep him afloat, and he’s certainly in no danger of losing his job tomorrow because sample size matters, but that looks a lot like the Duvall who had me worried last season. Status: Safe for now.
Scott Schebler – .186/.269/.443. Yes, of course, in only 78 PAs, but still. That line doesn’t cut it at all. Especially for a right fielder. Schebler played himself out of a job last year, and he might do it this year, too. Jesse Winker has already gotten a cup of coffee and is currently hitting .291/.379/.364 in AAA AND is three years younger than Schebler. You want more power from Winker, but if Schebler doesn’t get it together, he’ll eventually lose his job even is Winker treads water. Status: Should glance over his shoulder
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.