You may have read this already, but I thought I’d post it here too. I wrote about Scott Schebler for Cincinnati Magazine yesterday; it’s an exploration of who he is and what his ceiling might be for the ol’ Redlegs:
In the wake of last weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jay Bruce trade, the Reds recalled Scott Schebler from Triple-A Louisville. In his first start since his return to the big club, Schebler went 3-5 and absolutely destroyed a baseball for a walk-off home run to beat the Cardinals. The next night, ScheblerÃ¢â‚¬â€playing in BruceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s old right field stomping groundsÃ¢â‚¬â€leaped high above the fence to rob a home run. In his third game, he collected a double and a couple of runs scored.
Hey, that was a fun time, wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it? For those of us still in shock about the Bruce trade, it permitted an opportunity to dream a little bit. After all, Schebler had been killing the ball in Louisville after the Reds sent him down in early May. He was the International LeagueÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Player of the Month in July, and had posted a Triple-A batting line of .311/.370/.564 with 13 home runs, 18 doubles, and 8 triples in 75 games. He came to the big leagues and immediately made an impact.
Forget Jay Bruce!
So go give it a read and let me know what you think. Honestly, I was a little surprised by the conclusion that I ended up drawing (re: Schebler vs. Adam Duvall). I’m starting to think Schebler has a chance to be a real contributor for the next few years, even if just as a nice bat off the bench. Or maybe more.