Are you excited about Eric Jagielo? Well we've got your Eric Jagielo right here in the bigs! Adam Duvall is a very nice young man from Louisville, born September 4, 1988. He worked his way up through the Giants system before coming over in the Mike Leake trade last year.
Duvall plays the corner outfield and infield spots with something that couldn't quite be called aplomb. He has enough power to run a fastball here and there, and enough plate discipline to be a decent pinch-hit bat. He could be a useful bit part as the Reds reboot. That's it. You don't have to read more. But you will, won't you?
Born: September 4, 1988 in Louisville, KY (Age 27.188)
High School: Butler Traditional HS (Shively, KY)
School: University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 11th round of the 2010 amateur draft.
Signed June 19, 2010. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 26, 2014 (Age 25.295, 18,282nd in MLB history) vs. CIN 4 AB, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 2015 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Giants/Reds 2014-2015
2016 Contract Status: Pre-Arb Eligible (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2016): 0.096, Arb Eligible: 2019, Free Agent: 2022 [*],
Adam Duvall can do everything just enough to be interesting, and he may still grow out his projections a bit. As the righty outfielder on the roster, he'll be expected to pinch hit behind Joey Votto a few times and face Clayton Kershaw when time calls for it. He'll split time with Schebler in left, relieve Bruce in right, and give Votto himself the odd day off.
I thought I knew how to pronounce his last name, but I was dead wrong.
The Reds really needed someone like Adam Duvall in 2012-2013, but they really don't need a dude like him now. He seems nice enough, and he's a Louisville boy so I guess I'm rooting for him. But he's not like, a thrilling piece to the very sad, boring, puzzle the Reds are putting together. In the deli section of the 2016 Reds, Adam Duvall is the egg salad sandwich. Sure, he might be good. But let's be serious, he won't be remarkable.