Smoak is very streaky. I expect that he'll go off on a hot streak soon enough. In the meantime, I would prefer to see him batting 5th or 6th.
Regarding the catching situation, I have no real problem with the amount of catching Montero is doing. He's still getting into most games as the DH (learning the MLB pitching, yea!) and acclimating to catching at the big league level. If he catches 40-50 games this season, that will be just about what I expected from the get-go. What I don't understand is why Jaso sits and rots. Let him catch some 40 games this year as well. It's not like Olivo is that great behind the plate (move your body and block the damn ball, Miguel! Enough of this ole crap.) And whatever his strengths behind the plate are, it isn't enough to compensate for his miserable bat.
Eric Thames - What? Are we waiting for him to become LESS patient at the plate?
2013 AAA: .298/.390/.496/.887 5 HR 20 RBI
Forrest Snow - Things look rather Stark for the bastard of the north. Winter is coming.
2013 AA: 1-4, 3.86 ERA, 23 K, 5 BB, 1.095 WHIP
2012 AAA/AA: 5-9, 6.35 ERA, 99K, 67 BB, 1.674 WHIP
Gone But Not Forgotten (former adopt-a-players):
Matt Mangini - Signed a minor league contract with the Reds in the off season, but appears to have been handed his walking papers.
Mike Morse - HEY! Look who's back!!!!!
Jamal Strong - Let go after 2005. Played in the Yankees, Cubs and Braves systems. Now a regional scout for the Cards.