After the Cincinnati Reds loss on Saturday night in extra innings to the Milwakuee Brewers the organization announced that they would be calling up outfielder Kyle Waldrop and sending outfielder Scott Schebler to Triple-A Louisville.
With the Cincinnati Reds this season, Scott Schebler began the year in a platoon with Adam Duvall, but quickly was positioned as a pinch hitter for the most part and he’s struggled to get his bat going. In 27 games played he’s managed just 69 plate appearances where he’s walked five times and struck out 20 times. The outfielder has hit just .188/.246/.344, good for a .590 OPS. He’s struggled to make contact, striking out in 29% of his plate appearances. The power has played, as he’s hit seven extra-base hits, more than half of his hits have gone for extra bases. It’s the rest of his offensive game that’s been rough early on this season. According to manager Bryan Price he’s being sent down to get regular playing time.
Kyle Waldrop saw limited action with the Reds in 2015, getting just one plate appearance when he was called up. He was optioned to Triple-A in spring training and he got out to a slow start with the Bats in 2016. Overall he’s hitting just .228/.294/.380 with four home runs in 102 plate appearances. Over the last two weeks though he’s really turned things up a notch. In his last 53 plate appearances he’s hit .277/.358/.511 with five extra-base hits, five walks and 12 strikeouts.
Waldrop is likely to assume the same role that Schebler had: A bench bat who can play some corner outfield, and in this specific case, some first base if Joey Votto needs an off-day. The outfielder may not be up for too long unless he works his way into the starting lineup as the team likely would want him to get regular at-bats as well. He may stay around until Yorman Rodriguez is ready to come off of the disabled list, as Rodriguez can’t be sent to the minor leagues once his rehab stint it over.