Former Cincinnati Red centerfielder Drew Stubbs will be playing for a Major League club not in the state of Ohio next year for the first time in his career.
The Reds selected Stubbs with the 8th overall pick in the 2006 amateur draft, before developing him into the starting centerfield on two division winning teams. He was much maligned during his tenure in the Queen City for his particular adeptness at swinging and missing. Stubbs possesses one of the quickest pair of legs in the entire league and when allowed to run free, can be a true game changer.
The Colorado Rockies acquired Stubbs in exchange for left-handed pitcher Josh Outman, who himself, was a victim of Denver’s thin air. With Stubbs now being added to the equation out in Colorado, his playing time may not be as consistent in years past, but if given adequate playing time, he may be poised for a breakout season.
Stubbs and the Rockies come to Great American Ball Park for the first time on May 9, 10 & 11 for a weekend series tilt which will see the Reds former centerfield come back for just the second time since being dealt for Shin-Soo Choo last off-season. While a member of the Redlegs, Stubbs certainly had his ups and downs, but it’s always nice to see former members of championship teams succeed, as long as it’s not at the expense of the Reds.