Originally Posted by boognish
I just finished reading this and stopped in to see if anyone had posted it...does anyone know what it is about Watson that made the Reds brass believe he could make the conversion? I'd really like to see the scouting report stating a collegiate closer's projection as a starter...maybe they are trying to make his arm strength optimal so the conversion is an option down the road?
A bold move by the front office, considering the likelihood that many of the staffers will be turned over as WK brings his own guys in.
Maybe it is only because Watson has experienced early success, but my opinion is that no small number of fans would have been running for their pitchforks, spades, and torches just 3 short years ago if Ryan Wagner had been experimented with in this fashion.
He had experience starting in college.
Here's some more Watson info:
One of the thoughts about drafting relievers and converting them is that their arms haven't been "abused" the way a college starters may have been. I don't really grasp the logic of this as most college starters only go once every seven days, but...
Anyway, hopefully the Watson experiment works well.