It’s been a tough season for Scott Schebler. After a torrid spring he began the season in a big slump for the Cincinnati Reds and he didn’t recover. After hitting .123 over the first 30 games of the season he was optioned down to Triple-A. With the Louisville Bats things have gotten a little better, but he’s still nowhere near the guy who hit 30 home runs in 2017, or even the guy who hit 17 home runs in 107 games in 2018 at the Major League level.

Scott Schebler has now played in 27 games for the Louisville Bats since his demotion. He entered the game on Wednesday night hitting .250/.327/.313. The .313 slugging percentage jumps off of the page at you, especially when you realize just how many guys are obliterating the baseball in Triple-A this year. Well, at least on Wednesday, it was Schebler who did the obliterating. In the first inning he took a 96 MPH fastball from Luis Escobar, the first pitch of the game, and he hit it 451 feet off of the very top of the concessions stand in Louisville Slugger Field in right-center field.

 

That would be his only hit of the night, but that’s because he walked in every other plate appearance he had on the night. June is out to a good start for the outfielder, who is 8-18 (.444) with a double and 2 home runs in just 5 games played. His line for the Bats after last night jumped up to .258/.345/.351. There’s still plenty of work to be done, but maybe things are starting to go in the right direction for Scott Schebler in 2019.

The 2019 Major League Baseball Draft

The Cincinnati Reds, and every other team for that matter, spent Monday through Wednesday working their way through 40 Rounds of selecting players with the hopes of bringing them into the organization. Only 25 of them, give or take 2-3 will wind up signing up to play with the remaining returning to school.

If you want to check out the Scouting Reports for all 40 players that the Cincinnati Reds drafted, here’s the quick link to all of the posts made from Monday through Wednesday that has all of that information. The 2019 Cincinnati Reds Draft Tracker is live. You can find it in the menu (top of the site on a computer – sidebar on the left on mobile). Or you can just click here.

We’ll start to get information on guys that have agreed to sign as early as today. Billings begins play on Friday June 14th. The AZL Reds season begins on June 17th. The Greeneville Reds start on June 18th. Those teams need players to add along with the guys that have been back in extended spring training for the last few months.

5 Responses

  1. Martino Amello

    It has to feel great to Scotty to finally be able to hit the ball. He really fell off a cliff this season. Maybe he’ll work his way back or become a nice trade chip for someone destined to greatness on the big club roster.

  2. doofus

    Unfortunately, Schebler is a 4th outfielder…on any team.

    • Simon Cowell

      Probably true. even if he could muster a 20 homer season again that isn’t good enough by today’s standards. I’m guessing baseball in 20 years will just be a home run derby.

      I’m not saying he is a good player now. Not sure if his slow start was injury related or if he is a streaky and unpredictable hitter. We have enough slow starters as it is Puig isn’t performing much better but at least he has a cool hair cut and awesome bat flip.

  3. Simon Cowell

    I’m guessing he is feeling better.
    I am still skeptical that he ever has another 30 dinger season though. Both him and Duvall appear to have been two kids destined for 15 minutes of fame.

  4. RedBB

    I don’t get having Van Meter wasting away on the team. He needs to get AB’s! The Reds cooled down a red hot hitter..bring Schebler back up as the LH pinch hitter instead for God’s sake.