I’d like to remember the good ol’ days of Scott Schebler. The walk-off dinger against the St. Louis Cardinals, admirably stepping into the void created in RF by the Cincinnati Reds in the heart of their rebuild. The 30-dinger season, the willingness to put ball before body.
There was, for a time, a lot to like about Schebler, though that was back when he had two fully-functioning shoulders. As those days increasingly became more past than present, however, it became clear that he’d been passed on the roster by several others, making the news today that he’d been designated for assignment almost an afterthought, unfortunately. The Reds themselves had the news on Twitter.
The #Reds have selected the contract of LHP Brooks Raley and designated for assignment OF Scott Schebler.— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 19, 2020
Out of options and out of chances, Schebler’s tenure with the Reds has officially fizzled, and the last vestiges of the three-team deal that saw Todd Frazier exit town have evaporated, just a year after he opened the season as a starter - a season that saw him struggle mightily, never look quite healthy or right, and then have similar struggles at the AAA level.
Taking his place on the roster is lefty Brooks Raley, who can only hope can weave a similar kind of success story as the unheralded Schebler did in his early days as a Red. Out of the bigs since 2013, Raley spent the last five years pitching in the Korean Baseball Organization in an attempt to rectify his career, including tossing 181 innings of 3.88 ERA ball there just last season. Now 32 and in his fourth MLB organization, he’ll add to the lefty depth the Reds have built up, perhaps with a chance of opening the season on the roster as it expands to include 30 players. If not, he’ll ideally serve as depth in Prasco should the Reds need to tap into it at some later point.
With Opening Day just days away, expect to see more of these kinds of moves, especially given the news that non-roster invitee Nate Jones has been informed he’s going to make the club, as The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans relayed earlier today.