Well, as a Reds fan in the past decade, you always seem to be looking to next season. This season, some new Reds are getting a chance to shine.
Chris Dickerson (OF): Seems like Dickerson has never really lit up the minors like he's came up and tore up the big leagues. With another double and homer last night, his average sits at .328 with 4 homers, 7 doubles, a triple, and 10 RBI. He's slugging a crazy .672 and has 4 steals. Looks like with a good ending to this season, he could find himself a home in the Reds outfield.
Jay Bruce (OF): After coming up early and dominating National Leauge pitching, National League pitching dominating him. His strikeout numbers are alarming with 86 in 326 at bats but he does have 14 homers and 40 RBI slugging .423. His base running and defense are suspect big time but you have to remember this guy has hardly zero minor league experience. He's learning on the fly.
Joey Votto (1B): He's figured it out. He's raised his average to .288 for the season and has 15 homers and 60 RBI. His early strikeout numbers resembled Bruce's. He's still bad, I mean really bad on D too. Needs a lot of off season work with the glove.
Jolbert Cabrera (SS/OF/2B/3B): Jack of all trades on defense. He's looked really good at the plate for the RedLegs batting .295 and slugging .475 in 29 games. Doesn't exactly like to walk like most of the other young Reds with 4 BB and 17 Ks. I'm not sure where he'll fit in next season but he could figure to be a great bench player b/c of the ability to play everywhere on defense in the mold of Ryan Freel.
Jeff Keppinger (SS/3b/1b): Keppinger has been down this season b/c of injury troubles but I love this guy in the lineup. He is one of the few Reds who doens't strikeout much. He's only batting .267 this season after going .332 last season.
Ryan Hannigan (C): Another young fella I'd like to see next season. He's batted .259 in only 29 ab bats so far slugging .519. Loads of potential. I'd say he and Bako will platoon next season at Catcher.
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