Nate and I were joined by friend of the show Carlos Guevara tonight for a particularly ludicrous episode of The Riverfront. The gang discussed Tyler Stephenson’s latest injury, and what it means for the ol’ Redlegs (and for Tyler’s future). Topic of the week, however, was a Buy/Sell/Hold analysis of the current Reds roster (hint: we’re buying all the Brandon Drury stock we can get).
Plus, a deep dive into the Reds rotation, and what the Reds strategy SHOULD be for the next few years.
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I agree with you all and have been saying it for a long time. Stephenson should be playing every day. There is no reason he can’t DH when not catching. It’s crazy.
What’s there to say? Stephenson is young and a real good contact hitter.
Just another of those unjustified Bell’s decisions.
Inasmuch as you don’t know the factors behind the decision, you lack the information to evaluate it. A generic catcher may wisely be used to dh on off days, but perhaps Stephenson, who is not generic, has medical/physical issues that make that risky. He’s had at least one concussion this season.
If he’s THAT delicate, which I doubt, he shouldn’t be catching at all. Can’t have it both ways.
Concussions aren’t due to delicacy; they’re due to blows to the head and/or whiplash.
If he can’t swing a bat and run around the bases one day and then catch the next day it’s too dangerous for him and he shouldn’t be catching at all. I’m not saying he was delicate to begin with but if injuries have made him that way then…..I just think if he is still able to catch he should be able to DH when not catching. Make a decision one way or another.
First base should be his ending destination. It is the path votto took.
Hi – do we all always complain around here? lol gezzz…Bell did this…and Bell did that. Who is to say its all Bell’s decision?
My thought is…this team could be in a position like it was in 2009 or so when it traded for Scott Rolen. I think that is what the team needs to do. Keep Mahle and Castillo unless you can get a Kings Ransom for either one.
My take on Mahle/Castillo is extend Castillo and build the staff of Greene snd Ashcraft around him, especially in mentoring Hunter in pitching with the change.
The last two spots will work themselves out from among Lodolo, Williamson, Abbott, Boyle, Bonnin, etc. Then trade Mahle, unless Castillo doesn’t agree to sn extension. Either can be traded three years into a five year deal as Greene and Ashcraft are ready not just to pitch in but lead a staff and/or replacements arrive
My thinking on the Castillo/Mahle situation is that Luis has a double plus fastball and double plus change, with an above average to plus slider. Tyler has a plus fastball and possibly plus change, with an average to above average slider. Luis is just more talented.