Heisey to get most time in LF
Fans have been clamoring for Yonder Alonso to get promoted but the clamoring has been louder and for longer that Chris Heisey should play regularly.
My man Tyler Jett will have a notebook item on this on the main Reds site…it was Heisey who started in left field on Wednesday vs. the Mets. Heisey will likely get a majority of the starts going forward as manager Dusty Baker still has some question marks about Alonso defensively in left field.
“I’ve heard he’s OK. I’ve heard he needs some work, and we’ll see. Everybody can’t play left field. There was a point where everyone was hollering for Heisey in left. Now Yonder’s here and everybody wants Yonder to play, and what are we going to do with Heisey? Yonder is more of a first baseman than he is a left fielder; speed is the question, and range. We’ll see how it works out.
“We did need some left-handed help off the bench, and we know he can hit. But right now, probably most of the time it’s going to go to Heisey.”
Heisey came in batting .250 with 12 homers and 35 RBIs in 89 games. He’s fourth on the club in homers with only 196 at-bats. Here’s something interesting: he batted .221 with a .299 OBP as a starter and .321 with a .344 OBP as a sub. Heisey has definitely earned the chance to show what he can do however and now is his time.
“Any time you get to start the majority of games, you have to feel bless, especially kind of taking the road I have. But I’m not expecting to be out there every day. We’ve got some other guys. Freddy [Lewis] is going to play. I’m sure Yonder is going to play some. It’s good to know they have the confidence in me to run me out there.”
“Up until the last couple of years, I had been an everyday player coming up. It is still something I’m used to. I’m not going to change my approach. I will go out there and give it my best every day whenever I’m in there and keep doing what I’ve been doing.”
**UPDATE — Something I should have articulated but didn’t is this: The Reds, namely GM Walt Jocketty, said Alonso’s bat was wanted here to boost the offense. If that’s the case, it would seem odd to make Alonso a role player…especially since he’s a prospect that needs to play. Even if his defense isn’t good…isn’t his bat the main reason he’s up here?