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mth123
06-07-2008, 08:10 AM
One area that is a burning need in baseball is left-handed pitching. Currently the Reds have no starters who are left-handed. They do have 2 relievers who are doing pretty well in Bill Bray and Jeremy Affeldt. Affeldt is a free agent after the season and may be a candidate for a mid-summer deal. The Reds have some needs and a lefty arm that a contender thinks can pitch late out of the pen might be able to bring in some talent. We just saw Danny Rae Herrera and I was impressed. Should the Reds have a need, Herrera would be a decent choice to call-up again. But what if he's a mirage? Is there anyone else down there? The Reds have a number of RHP who might be able to help out if needed (Thompson, Belisle, Roenicke, even Coffey) but what of the left side? Could the Reds pull the trigger on an Affeldt deal to acquire help in the OF, SS or C? Is there depth if Affeldt or Bray go down? Is there a LH alternative for the rotation?

Below is a table of the Reds' LH depth, showing how they have performed recently (last 10 appearances). In the case of Wood and Valiquette I used the combined season's stats since they only had a few appearances at their new level and I was too lazy to do a lot of math.



Name Age Level Games IP ERA K BB K/9 BB/9
Matt Maloney 24 AAA 10 59.66 4.07 57 18 8.60 2.72
Adam Pettyjohn 31 AAA 10 62.66 4.31 32 19 4.60 2.73
Daniel Herrera 23 AAA 10 11.00 2.45 6 4 4.91 3.27
Tyler Pelland 24 AAA 10 8.00 7.88 11 9 12.38 10.13
Pedro Viola 25 AA 10 9.66 4.66 13 8 12.11 7.45
Ben Jukich 25 AA 10 65.00 2.63 55 27 7.62 3.74
Lee Tabor 23 AA 8 9.33 1.93 8 6 7.72 5.79
Travis Wood 21 AA/A+ 11 58.66 2.45 54 26 8.29 3.99
Alex Smit 22 A+ 10 55.33 2.77 47 27 7.65 4.39
Camilo Vasquez 24 A+ 10 23.66 1.90 23 8 8.75 3.04
Phil Valiquette 21 A-/A+ 19 30.66 2.93 39 11 11.45 3.23
Jamie Arneson 22 A- 10 22.33 8.06 19 22 7.66 8.87
Joseph Krebs 23 A- 10 12.66 4.87 11 5 7.82 3.55
Jeremy Horst 22 A- 10 18.00 4.50 13 10 6.50 5.00
Steve Otterness 23 A-/A+ 8 11.00 5.73 9 9 7.36 7.36



The biggest surprise for me was Lee Tabor. Anyone have more info on him? The Dayton team looks kind of weak. Time to give Lotzkar (maybe the best LH pitching prospect in the system) a chance IMO.

OnBaseMachine
06-07-2008, 11:53 AM
Lotzkar is right handed.

mth123
06-07-2008, 12:20 PM
Lotzkar is right handed.

Your right. Baseball Cube shows that he bats Left Handed and I read that one wrong.

Other guys I have down as lefty that I think deserve a shot ahead of the guys on Dayton are:

Tzu Chiu, Travis Webb and Drew Bowman.

Bowman had a couple of good appearances earlier, Chiu was pretty good at Billings last year and Webb showed some flashes last year. Any idea why those guys aren't pitching? Is Webb injured?

dougdirt
06-07-2008, 01:04 PM
I believe Webb had Tommy John surgery this spring. Bowman, I can't say.

mth123
06-07-2008, 03:30 PM
I believe Webb had Tommy John surgery this spring. Bowman, I can't say.

Makes sense. I hadn't heard about the TJ. He was pretty decent last year.

Any idea why Chiu is still being held back?

dougdirt
06-07-2008, 03:38 PM
Makes sense. I hadn't heard about the TJ. He was pretty decent last year.

Any idea why Chiu is still being held back?

Billings likely.

mth123
06-07-2008, 03:39 PM
Billings likely.

I assume so. Why not Dayton? Not enough innings on his arm for a full schedule?

11larkin11
06-07-2008, 03:44 PM
I assume so. Why not Dayton? Not enough innings on his arm for a full schedule?

If I remember correctly, Chiu is very very young?

mth123
06-07-2008, 06:54 PM
If I remember correctly, Chiu is very very young?

He's 20. Born 9-14-1987.

camisadelgolf
06-08-2008, 10:05 AM
Tzu-Kai Chiu goes to school (on the Reds' dime, I believe). Andrew Bowman is not injured. Webb had Tommy John surgery.

RedsManRick
06-08-2008, 01:11 PM
Disappointed to see how few guys have good control (under 3.0) or who miss a lot of bats (over 8.0). Not a great sign for their future major league prospects.

dougdirt
06-08-2008, 01:12 PM
Disappointed to see how few guys have good control (under 3.0) or who miss a lot of bats (over 8.0). Not a great sign for their future major league prospects.

Pretty much minor league wide for lefties. Quality left handed starters are very rare.