id like to know why some people think Keppinger is a lock to be the starting SS.
this write up from rotoworld the other day..
Jerry Hairston Jr. (thumb) went 1-for-5 in the first game of a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Monday.
Hairston is eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday. He'll be a part-time player with Jeff Keppinger back as the primary shortstop.
i doubt the guy writing this has any inside information from the Reds, so he shouldnt be saying who is going to be primary anything.
its not like Keppinger was some high potential prospect and Hairston wasnt.
Hairston career minor league numbers- .303 AVG/ .382 OBP/ .452 SLG/ .834 OPS
Keppinger career minor league numbers- .321 AVG/ .374 OBP/ .419 SLG/ .793 OPS
theres no doubt Hairston had a rough 2 years in 2006 and 2007, but he was someone who put up nice numbers previously while with Baltimore.
..and heres the write up i was talking about earlier. it was under Edwin Encarnacion from rotoworld..
Edwin Encarnacion-3B - Reds Jun. 11 - 5:52 pm et
Before Jerry Hairston Jr. landed on the DL, the Reds were planning on having Jeff Keppinger play third base on his rehab assignment in the minors.
Keppinger will be needed at shortstop now, but it's very interesting that they were intending to use him at Edwin Encarnacion's position. Encarnacion is currently hitting .243/.329/.441 with 10 homers. He had a terrible May, but he has an 1115 OPS through 10 games in June. It sounds as though another slump could put his job in serious danger after Keppinger and Alex Gonzalez return.
that the Reds were planning on having Keppinger play 3B in the minors before Hairston got hurt tells me that the Reds were planning on keeping Hairston at SS.
im not saying who should be the starter, allthough as a Hairston owner i sure as hell hope its him ..but id like to know why Keppinger is considered the primary SS. he wasnt the expected starter coming into the season anyway, that was Gonzalez.