The Cincinnati Reds have called up outfielder Phillip Ervin from Triple-A Louisville. He will take the place of outfielder Scott Schebler on the 25-man roster. Schebler was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a shoulder injury that has been nagging him since June. Ervin will join fellow Bats outfielder Jesse Winker on the big league roster today.

On the season, Phillip Ervin is hitting just .249/.320/.371. That’s nothing to write home about, but his season is weighed down by a very poor May. Removing that month from the equation, Ervin has hit .274/.348/.429 over 285 plate appearances in Triple-A.

Phillip Ervin makes for a solid 4th outfielder right now. He can play all three outfield spots if needed, including center. His above-average speed plays well on the bases if you need a pinch runner. He’s stolen 30 or more bases in each of the last three seasons and has 22 already this season. At the plate he can provide a little bit of pop in his bat and he’s going to generally give you a quality plate appearance.

The Reds have already stated that their plan is to get Jesse Winker regular playing time. Before Scott Schebler was placed on the disabled list that was a question of how they would make it work. It seems that, at least for now, Winker will take over the role of every day right fielder. When Schebler gets healthy that could change.

For now, though, that leaves us wondering just how the team will use Phillip Ervin. Maybe he will get a chance in center when a left handed pitcher is on the mound given that Billy Hamilton has had real struggles against left handers this season (currently sporting a .226 on-base percentage against them). Perhaps the team will simply use Ervin as a pinch hitter and pinch runner, with maybe double-switch chances if and when they arise. We shall have to wait and see, but I do believe that Erin makes the bench quite a bit stronger by being on it.

6 Responses

  1. kevin z

    agree Doug like this move makes bench stronger
    he can play all OF spots pitch hit have some spot starts as well
    Ervin get a lot of Hate for being a 1st rd pick
    may not of lived up to it but is in the MLB

    • eddie pagett

      BHAMS .226 OBP AGAINST LEFTYS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.GIVE ERVIN A SHOT.

  2. Simon Cowell

    Bham back to shortstop. His wuffle bat plays well there. Philip Ervin gets a crack at he show he will play Cf for at least 2 games before being sent back down.

  3. SteveO

    I’m guessing Guerrero takes Ervin’s spot in addition to VanSlyke to fill Louisville’s roster.

    • SteveO

      Or maybe Senzel. Might be a good time for him to see some action in Louisville. Ovalle can get sent to Billings

  4. SteveO

    Doug, what’s wrong with Iribarren? He’s shown as active, but hasn’t played in over 2 weeks.