Lot of discussion lately about the Reds’ hole at first base, and what can be done about it. I thought the Reds should have picked up Hee Seop Choi, and some others think that Carlos Pena is a good option (he was released by the Tigers today).
Still others think Ryan Shealy is a good option that is available. Well, who is Ryan Shealy? And why is he available?
Shealy hasn’t looked back after his senior season at Florida State, and he’s done everything a power-hitting prospect should do. Unfortunately, he’s a first baseman blocked by some guy named Helton. The Rockies are attempting to teach him to play the outfield. He’s reportedly losing weight and taking well to his new position, so he should be in the mix to platoon with Brad Hawpe this year. There isn’t a worse park than Coors in which to convert a slow first baseman into an outfielder.
The outfield conversion didn’t go well, and has been abandoned. But BP’s PECOTA projection system has Shealy putting up a 876 OPS this year. At age 26. Nice.
Now, I don’t know what the Reds could offer for him, but evidently, the Rockies are shopping Shealy. Cincinnati has been mentioned as a potential destination (here also — Boston is mentioned, as well, but since they signed Choi, I doubt they are in the market), which is encouraging.
This guy would fit in well with the Reds. Go get him, Krivsky!