Does Drew Stubbs Need to Hit Well to Stay with the Reds?

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Does Drew Stubbs Need to Hit Well to Stay with the Reds?
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Listed below, are the points and counterpoints about whether Drew Stubbs needs to hit well to stay with the Reds:

 

Point: Yes, Drew Stubbs' performance in the minors was not good enough to tolerate a weak bat.

Counterpoint: No, Stubbs' glove is so good that he stays unless he is failing miserably at the dish.

P: Stubbs had a .715 OPS in AAA in 2009.

CP: His OPS was .762 when he came up to the Reds. His minor league OPS was .765. What is your point?

P: My point is that if Stubbs swings like a girl, he should go back down and let the Reds know he is ready.

CP: His defense is spectacular. On a team built on pitching and defense, he needs to play. Great defense does not have a slump.

P: I can't see how Stubbs has done enough to be handed the starting center field job.

CP: I agree that if he's at the Mendoza line in early May, he will end up Louisville.

P: His history tells us that he will struggle.

CP: At worst, Stubbs can replace Jonny Gomes late in games, with Dickerson sliding over to left. And during the season, Stubbs' bat will probably come alive.

P: That plan won't work. A prospect like Stubbs needs to play and would need to be at Louisville. If the Reds want to win, they can't wait for his bat to come alive.

CP: At some point, a player needs to be given his shot at the major league level.

P:
I'd say .715 in AAA equates to about .650 in the majors. That won't cut it.

CP: Do they have a better option today that can field and get on base?

P: Well, they have Chris Dickerson.

CP: Dickerson is a nice player with good on-base skills. However, his ceiling isn't close to Stubbs'.

P: The other thing we know about Stubbs is that when he gets to a level, he does well. After time, his numbers go down.

CP: That just shows that Stubbs has been inconsistent.

P: The Reds should avoid a platoon and choose between Stubbs and Dickerson. A line-up with both will just be too weak. I love Stubbs' defense as much as the next guy. However, the difference between him and Dickerson with the glove is very little.

CP:
You are crazy. Stubbs is far better than Dickerson defensively. Stubbs is going to be a better player long-term and needs to play.

P: Don't judge Dickerson on his play in left field last year. He has not had a lot of experience there.

CP:
He made some really bad plays though.

P: He'll show that he is almost as good as Stubbs.

CP:
They should give Stubbs a long leash to get comfortable.

P:
Only horrible teams let guys work through their struggles. Whatever happened to players hitting their way into the lineup?

CP:
It isn't like he will not hit. Also, the only edge you can reasonably give to Dickerson over Stubbs is on-base percentage. There is more to baseball than just OBP, though.

P:
Stubbs strikes out and his power with the Reds is a mirage.

CP: Stubbs has excellent speed. He plays gold glove defense. Let him play.

P: I hope they both play over Laynce Nix.

CP: Agreed on that.

 

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