Short on time this week, so I’m not sure if I’ll be here to post every day or not. Here’s utility man Kristopher Negron who is able to play just about every position on the field and give the regulars a day off from time to time. He has played at least nine innings at every position this year except catcher and pitcher. Negron was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006, acquired by the Reds in 2009 for Alex Gonzalez and cash.
We could talk about Billy Hamilton‘s better-than-expected rookie campaign and the possibility of winning the National League Rookie of the Year award over the Mets’ Jacob deGrom. Or we could talk about Jumbo Diaz‘s long road to the majors, after bouncing around for more than a decade in the minors with the Dodgers, Rangers, Orioles, and Pirates before finally making it to The Show with the Reds. Or we could talk about Kristopher Negron‘s cup of coffee in 2012, followed by a less-than-stellar 2013 in Louisville, before becoming a reliable (though still less-than-stellar) utility man for the injury-plagued Cincinnati nine.
Or we could talk about those clothes. Hamilton is appropriately dressed as Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony. Get it? He’s fast.
Diaz is the Queen of Hearts I think? But there was another Queen of Hearts in a different costume, so I’m not positive.
Negron is Olive Oyl. I guess because he’s skinny. Or maybe just because it fit.
To see more rookie hazing around the bigs, check out this article on sportingnews.com.
Speedy infielder plays 2B, SS, 3B, and all three OF positions. Top notch glove with excellent range. At the plate, Negron gets on base at an okay clip, but the hits just aren’t there enough. He has a good eye at the plate but still hacks on pitches out of the zone on occasion. Exceptionally fast down the line to first, and quick on the basepaths. Negron would be a prototypical leadoff hitter if he could make more contact.
The Reds just so happen to be in need of a leadoff hitter, with everyone from Brandon Phillips to Drew Stubbs to Jay Bruce getting a look at the top of the order this spring. Is Negron the guy to take that spot in a year or two? Only time will tell.