Scott Schebler, similar to the Cincinnati Reds team as a whole, had an up and down 2018 season.
Despite bouncing back and forth between Cincinnati and the minor leagues a couple of times due to injury last season, right fielder Scott Schebler still managed to have a successful season with the Cincinnati Reds. Let’s take a look back at Schebler’s 2018 campaign.
Slashing .255/.337/.439 at the end of 2018, Schebler finished the season with 19 doubles, 17 home runs, and 49 home runs. Even knocking in the 10th of the Reds 11 grand slams in 2018, setting a new club record. I think it’s safe to say that Schebler was a solid batter at the plate this past year.
Schebler started off the 2018 season strong. His batting average held at .300 or better from March through June. During that time he was also slugging over .300. But his numbers dropped off through the end of the season with a couple of slumps. He was also hindered by an injury in mid-July that had him on the disabled list until nearly the end of August.
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Schebler was chasing down a fly ball playing right field in St. Louis when he crashed into the wall. He made the catch, but injured his right shoulder in the process. Reds fans wondered for weeks when we would see him back with the team, and Schebler’s comeback was more than welcome by Reds Country given the how many hits the outfield rotation took last year because of trades and injuries.
Schebler and Jesse Winker are the only two players left from the 4-man outfield rotation the Cincinnati Reds had to begin 2018. Now, with the additions of Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp for 2019 one wonders where Schebler will play in the outfield.
Most of his time was spent in right field last season, where he had .958 fielding percentage over 86 games. He made a few appearances in left field as well, but it is his time in centerfield that most people are interested in. There is a chance he could see even more time there in 2019.
Scheb is a great player with a great attitude. Speaking personally, I was very impressed when I had the pleasure of meeting him and getting his autograph at RedsFest back in December. He was super friendly, talking with fans and was very positive and optimistic about what is on the horizon for the Reds in 2019. We may not know exactly where he’ll fit in the outfield this upcoming season, but one thing is certain, he is an asset wherever he plays.