One day after a good debate over whether Joey Votto should be in Cincinnati now, the Cincinnati Enquirer has this article by Kevin Kelly. The piece discusses the fact that Votto is waiting patiently for that call-up:

Joey Votto, one of Dumatrait’s teammates at Triple-A Louisville, hopes his first big-league experience is not far off.

“I was anxious last year,” the Bats first baseman said this week. “But then when I came to spring training this year, I was more anticipating. It was never in my hands, but now it’s like I have to just wait and see.

“If they decide to call me up soon, then that’s their choice. If they decide to wait until September, what am I going to do?”

A second-round Reds selection in the 2002 draft, Votto has developed into one of the club’s best prospects….

“He can flat-out hit,” Louisville manager Rick Sweet said. “He can hit lefties. He can hit righties. He’s an RBI guy. He’s a (batting) average guy. He’s a doubles guy and can hit home runs. He can hit. Pure and simple.”

The numbers back Sweet.

Votto was named the MVP in the Southern League last season and won its batting title after hitting .319 in 136 games.

Through 105 games with the Bats this season, Votto has a .298 batting average, .394 on-base percentage, 16 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs and 64 RBI.

Read the entire article by Kelly here. Oh, one more thing:

Free Joey Votto.