The Cleveland Indians didn’t really know what they were getting when they acquired Drew Stubbs from the Cincinnati Reds and Trevor Bauer from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team trade. Inconstant describes Stubbs’ MLB career after a stellar collegiate campaign with the Texas Longhorns. He’s been superb at times while also suffering from severe slumps, so the Indians don’t actually know what they’re getting in the outfielder.
In four seasons in the Reds, Stubbs batted .241 with 59 home runs, including a career-high 22 in 2010. However, he’s also struck out 588 times since joining the big leagues, including a league-leading 205 in 2011. His walk off home run when he was first brought up in 2009 is now a distant memory, as well as his three-home-run game shortly thereafter.
The one thing the Indians do know is that Stubbs is one heck of an athlete. He was a three-sport star at Atlanta High School in Atlanta, Texas, where he led the Rabbits football team to the playoffs, logged a spectacular baseball career and brought home numerous state championships while setting state records in track and field. In fact, Longhorns legendary head baseball coach Augie Garrido said Stubbs is the most gifted athlete he’s ever coached and that’s saying something.
In short, Stubbs has the raw athletic talent to do anything he wants in the big leagues. He really just needs the coaching and right situation to make his mark. Whether that’s Cleveland or not remains to be seen, but Indians fans are sure to at least see that spark from Stubbs at some point in 2013.