The Cincinnati Reds have signed big league veteran Logan Morrison. The 11-year Major League Baseball veteran was playing for the High Point Rockers in the Atlantic League. The soon to be 34-year-old had played just nine games in the Atlantic League but had gone 10-27 with a .370/.486/.741 line that included three home runs, seven walks, and just three strikeouts.
From 2010-2018 Logan Morrison spent most of his time in the big leagues, playing in 959 games and racking up 3713 plate appearances. In that span he had a 105 OPS+ with a few above-average seasons mixed in there. But in both 2019 and 2020 the left-handed slugger who hit 38 home runs in 2017 with Tampa Bay played in just 38 total games in the big leagues and hit just .167/.242/.350.
Where the Reds will assign Logan Morrison isn’t yet known. Triple-A Louisville seems like the most likely spot, though. The Bats have played Nicky Delmonico, Cheslor Cuthbert, and Joey Votto there for 24 of their 31 games and none of those players are still with Louisville. Votto is, of course, back with Cincinnati, and the other two players were released on May 31st.
The Bats certainly could use some extra pop in their lineup, too. They are dead last in the 20-team Triple-A East with 16 home runs on the season. Three different teams in the league have more than triple that number of home runs on the year. Louisville is also dead last in average, slugging, OPS and runs scored. But they are striking out far less than every other team, too. The Bats have a .215/.316/.328 line as a team this year.
When Joey Votto was out with a broken thumb the Reds filled in first base with a combination of Alex Blandino and Tyler Stephenson with a few others mixed in. During Votto’s absence the Reds got a .198/.317/.248 line with two doubles and just one home run from their fill-ins at the position. Morrison may provide a little insurance against that if the team needs someone else to fill in down the line this season.