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GM says slumping Drew Stubbs won't be demoted

May 6, 2010, 2:48 PM EST

Drew Stubbs went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts yesterday to drop his batting average to .174, but general manager Walt Jocketty said today that the 25-year-old center fielder is in no danger of being sent back to the minors:

He needs to works it out on the major league level. You don’t want him to lose confidence. He does so many other things so well. He needs to be a more selective and patient at the plate.

I agree with Jocketty on all fronts. Stubbs isn’t a great prospect, but because the Reds are unlikely to be much better than .500 this season finding out how he and other young players fit into the team’s long-term plans is key. He’s also 25 already, so another stint at Triple-A doesn’t figure to do much good given that he played 126 games there during the previous two seasons.
Jocketty is also right that Stubbs’ approach at the plate likely needs to change for him to have long-term success. He has 79 strikeouts in 301 plate appearances as a big leaguer after whiffing 141 times per 600 plate appearances in the minors. Obviously many sluggers can get away with that many strikeouts, but Stubbs has hit just 38 homers in 1,860 pro at-bats and whatever value he ultimately has will come primarily from defense, speed, and (hopefully) getting on base.

  1. Joe - May 6, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    I can tell just by looking at his picture that his biggest problem is a lack of hustle.

  2. Cody - May 7, 2010 at 2:10 AM

    Then I can tell from your name that you are average and bland. You clearly have never watched the kid play baseball. He has all the tools to be a solid player and the only thing that he lacks is plate discipline. His eye is simply not that good, so pitch selection is not his strong point which is something that he did not have at Texas either. The kid can hit, run, and plays great defense. Just give him a little time.

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