The Cincinnati Reds announced that they have called up outfielder Stuart Fairchild from Triple-A Louisville. That move was made because the team placed Albert Almora Jr. on the injured list.
Albert Almora Jr. was placed on the injured list with no designation. That means he’s been moved to the COVID injured list, but as we always are sure to point out – that does not mean that he has tested positive. It could mean he was a close contact of someone, or that he exhibited symptoms that could be COVID.
Stuart Fairchild was drafted by the Reds back in the 2nd round of 2017, but he was traded to Arizona when the Diamondbacks sent Archie Bradley to Cincinnati with Josh VanMeter also heading back to join Arizona. Since then he’s played in both the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants organizations. He was reacquired by the Reds a little over a month ago when the Giants put him on waivers and Cincinnati claimed him.
Fairchild has been in Triple-A Louisville ever since. He’s had a strange season for the Bats in his 20 games played. He’s hit .315/.354/.685. Fairchild has been crushing the ball when he’s made contact, with 4 doubles, a triple, and 7 home runs. He also hasn’t walked much, picking up just 3 walks in 79 plate appearances. The 26-year-old has been in the big leagues in parts of the last two seasons, but has had just 28 plate appearances in the 20 games he’s played for the Diamondbacks, Giants, and Mariners. In that span he’s gone 2-26 (.077) with a double and a walk. He’s capable of playing all three spots in the outfield, and he’s got speed that could be used as a pinch runner if that’s what is needed.
As for Albert Almora Jr., he’s worked his way into the lineup on a semi-regular basis this season. In his 48 games he’s hitting .234/.259/.371 with just 5 walks in 175 plate appearances. He’s been in a big slump over the last 3-and-a-half weeks dating back to June 18th. In that stretch of 18 games played he’s hitting just .141/.179/.266 as his OPS has dropped 101 points in that time.