Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530!Full Bio


What's best for Tyler and the Reds?

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Tyler and the Reds

The ongoing 'What's best for Tyler/Reds?' is a really fascinating conversation.

The biggest reason to keep him at catcher is the value of having a stud catcher.

The biggest reason to move him off catcher is to keep him healthy/productive and to extend his career.

One of many parts to this conversation is the value/impact of an offensive C vs an offensive 1B. Stud catchers are rare. Gold. It's much easier to find quality bats to stick at 1B.

Here's how Stephenson's '22 numbers compare to other C vs 1B and where he would rank.

.305 BA......2nd C/T-5 1B

.361 OBP.....4th C/9th 1B

.468 SLG.....3rd /11th 1B

.829 OPS....3rd C/9th 1B

5 HR............T-10 C/T-19 1B

31 RBI..........1st C/T-10 1B

Another part of this is the production you get from his replacement. Aramis Garcia is hitting .169. Chris Okey is a career .210 minor league hitter.
Their best prospect in the system is Matt Nelson, the 35th overall pick in the 2021 draft. He's 23-years old and hitting .240 at High-A Dayton.

We will bring this topic up for discussion against tonight on Sports Talk.

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