A month has now gone by and it seems like a good time to go down the line, look at the numbers and handout grades. For the position players, I give the typical slash line. For the pitchers, I decided to list ERA/FIP/xFIP to give us a sense of what they might do going forward.
Amir Garrett 5.09/4.39/3.65 – Aside from one bad start, Garrett had a truly fabulous beginning to his major league career. xFIP is, generally speaking, the best predictor of what a player will do going forward, but with Garrett, it’s all a matter of how often those blow up outings occur. Grade: B+
Cody Reed 6.00/5.41/3.80 – After many people questioned his abilities last year, Reed has at least shown enough flashes of excellence that we should all believe he has the capacity to be a major league pitcher. The question now is whether his final role will be in the bullpen or the rotation. For now, I’ll put my money on the rotation, but he needs to show genuine consistency at the major league level. Grade: B-
Robert Stephenson 8.71/6.38/4.87 – With Stephenson, so far, it’s been the same thing over and over and over. Control. Control. Control. He has great stuff, but he throws too many pitches. He’s 24, sure, but eventually there have to be results. Grade: D
Rookie Davis 11.17/7.34/5.37 – As bad as he’s been, I feel like Davis is the best candidate to improve. His primary problem has been with control and that has never been an issue with him before. We may be looking at a simple case of nerves stemming from his first major league time, but I suppose he’ll let us know in time. For now, he has to get better, or he’s going to be in Louisville when someone else is healthy. Grade: F
Jose Peraza .226/.258/.258 – Terrible is the only word for Peraza’s hitting to this point. He turned 23 yesterday. But still. He’s young enough that, if he does this for another month, the Reds might decide he needs a little more seasoning. Grade: F
Adam Duvall .247/.292/.551 – What we’re seeing from Duvall so far is basically what he did in the first half of last year. Is it enough? I don’t know. There’s a ton of power still, but his control of the strike zone has been somewhat lacking. Grade: C
Scott Schebler .244/.319/.598 – It’s a good reminder of how early it is that Schebler’s numbers a week ago paled in comparison to what we see right now. Given that his BABIP is still only .222, its’ reasonable to assume that his numbers could be even better than they are. Even where they are now, he’s a viable major league starter. If he can keep his OBP around league average and his slugging over .500, he won’t be going anywhere. Grade: B+
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.