Adam Duvall and Reds broadcaster Jeff Brantley talk at Reds Caravan stop in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Adam Duvall says he enjoys visiting his hometown, but the former Butler Bear, U of L Cardinal and Louisville Bat hopes this won’t be his home this summer.
Duvall is aiming to stay in Cincinnati as the left fielder for the Reds.
“That happens to be an open spot, so that’s pretty cool,” Duvall said at Thursday’s Reds Caravan stop at Louisville Slugger Field.
“Left field is wide open,” said former Reds pitcher and current broadcaster Jeff Brantley. “He’s got tremendous power, and in our ball park, anybody with any semblance of power has a chance to put up phenomenal number.”
It’s not just about power, however. Brantley says there’s more to winning and keeping the job for Duvall.
“The big issue for Adam is the recognition of the breaking ball, and being able to square up the baseball on a more consistent basis. If he does that, he has a great chance to make that position his,” Brantley said.
Duvall was drafted out of U of L by the San Francisco Giants in 2010, and called up from the minors in 2014. He played 28 games with the Giants, batting .192 with three home runs, five RBI and 20 strikeouts.
Duvall was traded to the Reds in 2015 and played 25 games before getting the call-up on August 31st. In 27 games with Cincinnati, Duvall hit .219 with five homers, nine RBI and 26 strikeouts.
Between Triple-A Sacramento and Louisville last season, Duvall hit 30 home runs, tied for the fifth-most in the minors. He would like his MLB numbers to compare, but he says he doesn’t see this year as a “make or break” season for him with the Reds.
“This game is full of ups and downs,” he said. “You gotta just take the ups and roll with it and take the lows and just try to get out of it.”
The Cincinnati Reds open the season April 4th against the Philadelphia Phillies at Great American Ball Park. The Louisville Bats open the season with a seven-game road trip beginning April 7th with the home opener April 14th against Toledo.