Here's my question on that...Are Joseph's & Lough's defensive abilities so strong that their offensive disabilities should be overlooked? In other words, would Clevenger and Pearce/Young give up more runs in the field than Joseph & Lough give up at the plate? I don't see how it's even possible for that to be the case.
IMO, Lough is a waste of a roster spot. if Lough isn't in the line up, it mitigates the overall weakness of the bottom of the order. 2 light hitters is easier to success with, than 3. he brings nothing to the team that isn't already there. he isn't a defensive wizard. he's good, not outstanding. I would rather see Pearce get the ABs. the defense won't suffer with Pearce. I watch most of the games, and so far, Pearce and Young haven't been in a situation where they were unable to get to a ball during an important time in the game. I would outright Lough. if he gets an offer to move on, or just doesn't want to accept a minor league assignment, then good luck to him in all his future endeavors.
Joseph is a little more tricky to answer definitively. a defensive catcher is really important, because he's involved with every pitch. and he can really influence the game with framing pitches and calling pitch sequences. that stuff doesn't show up in the stats, but they are an important undercurrent of the game.
Schoop is just a work in progress. there are better bats, but by dealing with the growing pains now, he will be a solid contributor sooner rather than later.
Edited by weird-O, 17 June 2014 - 09:55 AM.
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