From CincinnatiReds.com:

Encarnacion’s continued development could go a long way toward determining who plays where.

Narron said the 23-year-old will need to play well to earn a spot on the club out of Spring Training.

Holy crap! He’s gone from fighting for PT to having to play well to even make the team. In what “BizzaroWorld” does this make any sense at all? Just looks like another example of the Reds “old school” baseball thinking….a mediocre vet is always better than an up and coming young player.

He plans to pair Encarnacion with new Reds bench coach Bucky Dent, who was a big-league infielder for 12 seasons.

Dent, 53, spent the past three seasons managing the Yankees Triple-A affiliate Columbus Clippers.

“He’s going to work with Eddie a lot in the spring,” Narron said. “Bucky’s outstanding. He’s been around a lot of good baseball people and baseball instructors.”

5 Responses

  1. Blue

    Chris, I’ll respond to what you said on the other thread here. I think the difference is that the Reds doubted Lopez would ever be the team’s shortstop. His numbers had been pretty poor the entire time that he had been with the Reds organization. I don’t have any reason to believe that the Reds don’t think EE will be a good player. Of course, you could say that Aurila was well past his prime and hadn’t put up good numbers for a while. I won’t dispute that, but I still think that Lopez and EE are different with respect to how the Reds view them.

  2. Blue

    Also, here are two quotes – QUOTES – one from Jerry Narron and one from Dan O’Brien. Everything I’ve seen that people use to say that Aurilia will take EE’s spot has been a writer telling us what they said without using their own words. THESE ARE THINGS THEY HAVE SAID:

    Narron- “Any time you have multiple-position guys, it’s a big help,” said Narron. “Richie did a nice job for us in a lot of different roles. We look for him to do the same thing for us this season.”

    O’Brien- “I have no doubt he’ll continue to take quality at-bats and fill in at multiple positions around the infield,” O’Brien said. “Jerry is confident that Rich will get at-bats in that role.”

  3. Blue

    I just don’t want it to be a chirade, where EE is put in to start the season, and they look for a reason to take him out and put Aurilia in. I don’t think we’re being set up for that.

  4. The Mad Hatter

    I have seen it before and I guess I will see it again. Aurilia will be starting at 3b by May 1st and EE will be starting at 3rd in AAA. This team is becoming my own little nightmare.

  5. EricTW

    As I’ve said before, I don’t have any problem with Aurilia pushing Edwin at 3rd base. It sure seemed to work for Lopez.

    I’ve heard nothing but EE being the 3rd baseman of the future for a while now, so I highly doubt that they’re anywhere close to giving up on him.