Stubbs ready for majors
News and notes from Monday in the minor leagues
Just confusingDrew Stubbs, OF, Reds (Triple-A Louisville)
Monday's stats: 3-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBIs, BB, SB
So the Reds keep throwing Willy Taveras out in center field pretty much every day, despite the fact that he's pulling off the rare double treat of both an on-base percentage and slugging percentage under .300. Meanwhile, Stubbs is now batting .281/.370/.375 (average/on-base/slugging) at Triple-A, and his numbers are brought down by a June slump. He's nearly as fast as Taveras, a better base stealer (42 in 49 attempts), and arguably the best defensive center fielder in the minor leagues. Basically, he's just a flat-out better baseball player on every level and deserves a shot.
Starting off on the right footJason Kipnis, OF, Indians (short-season Mahoning Valley)
Monday's stats: 2-for-2, 3B, 2 R, RBI, SB
A second-round pick in June out of Arizona State, most thought Kipnis would go higher than 63rd overall, but he signed quickly for a $575,000 bonus then saw his debut delayed by a minor elbow injury. Given just two at-bats Monday in his first professional game, Kipnis singled in his first at-bat, stole second and came around to score later in the inning, then lashed a triple in his second at-bat (scoring later again), before getting the rest of the night off. He has a smooth swing, gap power, solid speed and could end up making many teams wonder why they passed on him.
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