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For Drew Stubbs, it’s all about the strikeouts. If he didn’t whiff so much (11.5 SwStr% in 2011) and strikeout so much (30.1 K%) he could hit for a much better batting average and, in effect, significantly improve his fantasy value. It’s rare to see someone with a career .335 BABIP have such a low career batting average (.251), but that’s what Stubbs has been. A big issue with his strikeouts is that it cost him his leadoff spot in the Reds’ lineup where he’s been a perennial threat for 100 runs. If he doesn’t get that job back this ranking will seem far too high, but if he’s leading off he’s on the cusp of becoming an elite fantasy contributor because he’s already a great contributor in home runs and steasl (20/40 potential) — if he can cut down on those strikeouts of course.
Best case scenario: Andrew McCutchen (PIT)
Similar players: B.J. Upton (TB), Shane Victorino (PHI), Desmond Jennings (TB)
Worst case scenario: Loses leadoff spot and fails to reach 90 runs
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Ryan Ludwick was traded from the Cardinals to the Padres in 2010 and spent two miserable half seasons in San Diego. In 160 games with the Pads, he hit .228 with a .659 OPS. Compare that to the 37 home runs he hit for St. Louis in 2008, and his .290 lifetime average at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Ludwick signed with the Reds as a free agent and says playing in the spacious Petco Park...
Newcomer Ryan Madson and the Reds
have their sights set on a deep playoff
run in 2012
Often times in sports you will see and/or hear former players give their opinions regarding current players. This was precisely the case when former Red and current Reds broadcaster Jeff Brantley broke down the team's signing of Ryan Madson with MLB.com on Monday.
As you can tell from...
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John Sickels has taken a look back at “Elite Prospects” from 2003-2007 over the past few days. There are some absolute stars on the list as well as a few flops. One thing that Sickels thought about why a few of the guys flopped was that at the time, he bought into guys breaking out while in the California League and those guys didn’t do much once they left the league. With...
At first glance the Reds' 2012 home slate may not seem as attractive as years past. However, after careful review I've pinpointed 12 games on the schedule that you'll definitely want to be at Great American Ball Park to see. Here they are in chronological order:
Wednesday, April 5th vs. Miami Marlins 4:10 ET (Opening Day)
-Dusty Baker and the Reds kickoff the 2012...
Today begins a 5-day series of posts breaking down the 2012 version of the Reds position-by-position. Similar to last year's preseason preview, we'll do our best in breaking down each player at that position while providing an overall group grade and analysis at the end.
Here is a preliminary schedule of what days each position will be featured/published:
Day 1: Outfielders...