3. Ronnie Dawson should be promoted to the Reds roster.
Never say that we're not solutions-oriented here at Blog Red Machine. Rather than just sit back and tell you who stinks and why they don't belong on a big league roster, let's also take a look at a player who's been playing quite well at Triple-A Louisville.
Ronnie Dawson had a solid spring performance with the Cincinnati Reds. In limited action, the former Houston Astros second-round draft pick earned two hits in five at-bats and drew two walks. Dawson was eventually assigned to minor league camp and sent to Triple-A Louisville to begin the season.
All Dawson has done with the Louisville Bats is tear up the competition to the tune of a .250/.340/.523 slash line with three home runs, nine RBIs, and six extra base hits. Dawson has also posted an impressive wRC+ of 128.
Not only has Dawson been impressive at the dish, but his defensive skills have been solid as well. Check out this clip courtesy of the Louisville Bats Twitter page to see Dawson flashing some leather.
Ronnie Dawson has seen limited action in The Show, appearing in three games for the Houston Astros last season. Dawson is left-handed bat; something the Cincinnati Reds are little heavy on right now, but given his production in the Derby City, the 26-year-old certainly deserves a look.
TJ Friedl would be another option and is already on the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster, but if the front office does the right thing and designates Aristides Aquino for assignment, Dawson could lay claim to the vacant roster spot.