Cincinnati Reds Depth: A Good Problem to Have

Lee HeislerCorrespondent IMay 12, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 02: Edwin Encarnacion #28 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a home-run during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 2, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

For many years, the Cincinnati Reds lacked the overall talent to compete, which is obviously a problem.  But now the Reds have a new problem: What do they do with the surplus of talent they have?

Edwin Encarnacion is currently on the DL with a wrist injury.  He is still a young player with tons of upside.  But what will the Reds do when he comes back?

Adam Rosales was tearing up AAA pitching when he was called up.  After starting off hot, Rosales cooled off, but is now heating up again.

Jerry Hairston Jr is a super utility player that is starting to find his stroke.

Laynce Nix is hot and showing the ability that made him a top prospect not that long ago.

Chris Dickerson has a world of talent.  Speed, power, fielding.  He was called up last year and ripped up Major League pitching.  He started this season off well, but has since cooled off.

Paul Janish is a defensive wizard who has improved his hitting.

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And we haven't even talked about Drew Stubbs and Norris Hopper who are currently tearing up AAA.

Or Johnny Gomes, who carried the Reds' offense in the spring, has now started showing the power that the Reds thought he could provide.

This leads into my question.  Whats going to happen when E.E comes back? 

Who is going to get sent to AAA? 

Who is going to lose playing time?

Who is next to be called up?

All of these are interesting questions because there are so many people currently hitting the ball well.

What do you think?

I do know one thing, it is a good problem to have!