I’m not saying that the Cincinnati Reds front office reads my work and listens to my ideas. But I’m not not saying it, either. Yesterday I opined that the organization should call up outfielder Jesse Winker. With Scott Schebler nursing a nagging shoulder injury and Winker swinging a hot bat for Louisville, it just made too much sense. Let Schebler get some rest and put Winker in the lineup. Today the Reds have recalled Winker from Triple-A.

Jesse Winker is hitting .314/.395/.408 this season with the Bats and he’s walked nearly as often as he’s struck out. In limited big league action this year, he’s walked four times and struck out just twice. While Winker hit well in July, over the last two weeks he’s been even better. In that span, over 12 games, he’s hit .372/.449/.512 with six doubles.

The Reds are filling the roster spot vacated by Tony Cingrani with Jesse Winker. No one will be heading down to the minors for now. There will be at least one move to fill the roster spot left open by Winker in Louisville. We don’t know what that move will be at this point.

Now, in the past when the team has called up Jesse Winker, he’s not gotten consistent playing time, much less consecutive starts. At this point we don’t know if that will continue to be the case or not. However, with Scott Schebler’s shoulder being an issue, and it likely being the reason he struggled so much in July, hopefully it will lead to more consistent playing time for the 23-year-old outfielder.

There are rather big differences between what Scott Schebler and Jesse Winker bring to the game. Schebler has a clear advantage in power and he’s the better defender of the two, particularly when it comes to his range. Winker is the better hitter for average who is also going to draw more walks and get on base at a much higher rate.

Time will tell whether this is more of a short-term call up, like they’ve been in the past, or whether it’s more of a long-term play. In either scenario, this seems like the perfect time to get a look at what Jesse Winker can do with more than one start and a few pinch hitting opportunities like he’s been given in the past. Hopefully we get to see that over the next week.

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