While the Reds take an off-day in the midst of their homestand, let's dive into some of your questions about the team in this edition of the Inbox.Do you think the Reds will keep Scooter Gennett with the kind of year that he is having so far?
-- James, Burch,
While the Reds take an off-day in the midst of their homestand, let's dive into some of your questions about the team in this edition of the Inbox.
Do you think the Reds will keep Scooter Gennett with the kind of year that he is having so far?
-- James, Burch, Ky.
I believe they will, especially since Gennett has two more years of club control while he's eligible for arbitration. He's only 27, and besides having a breakout year at the plate, Gennett has also become a key part of the clubhouse.
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However, I won't say that Gennett is a stone-cold lock to stay. Gennett's market is at its peak, and general manager Dick Williams isn't afraid to exploit that value (see the Dan Straily trade to the Marlins in January). The Reds could also have a bit of a second-base bind with Dilson Herrera, who is out the rest of the year due to right shoulder surgery. They haven't had Herrera fully healthy since last year's trade with the Mets for Jay Bruce, and he will be coming to Spring Training out of options.
Now that Billy Hamilton has several years under his belt and has shown to be not much of a hitter, do the Reds trade him now while he is worth a decent return?
-- Carl I., Dallas, Texas
Using your rationale, how could the Reds get a decent return for Hamilton if he's shown to be not much of a hitter? His sub-.300 on-base percentage remains troubling, but he still has stolen 50 or more bases each of the past four years and is one of the best center fielders in the game defensively. That's why Hamilton is likely to stick around.
Why keep Jose Peraza? His defense is so poor, no matter where he plays.
-- David H., Boise, Idaho
Because Peraza is only 23 years old and still has room to grow. He came to the Reds from the Dodgers as a more offense-first, glove-second kind of player. But remember that Eugenio Suarez arrived from the Tigers as a young player with the same reputation a few years ago, and he worked himself into a strong defensive player at third base. Like Suarez, Peraza has an excellent work ethic and wants to get better.
Which of the young pitchers we have seen, besides Luis Castillo, do you think will turn the corner and become legit Major Leaguer?
-- Dan, Noblesville, Ind.
Despite the rough year for many of the young starting-pitcher prospects in 2017, it's too early to give up on any of them. But the two that I've seen who have stood out this season -- besides Castillo -- are Sal Romano and Amir Garrett. When they're good, they're very tough to hit, and they both have multiple pitches in their bag of tricks. Romano has had back-to-back superb starts, and while Garrett has been struggling in Triple-A, I haven't forgotten what he did in April. Now he needs to find that again. Robert Stephenson -- fresh from his 11-strikeout game in 5 2/3 innings on Friday -- is also showing signs of clicking.
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.