Originally Posted by Willy
My personal opinion on why the Reds are giving him a shot at starting.
1. He has two plus pitches(fastball and curve) and one potential above average pitch(Change). This would project him as a major league starter.
2. Has a body of a workhorse. 6' 1"- 6'3" depending on who you ask, 210 pounds, thick legs. He has the body to log 200 plus innings year after year.
3. Not positive on this, but I bet he has a pretty smooth delivery. That is the reason why Wagner could never be a starter. I bet his delivery also makes the Reds feel comfortable about him increasing his pitch count.
Just my thoughts.
Plus, Chris Buckley has a history of picking these types of pitchers. 2002 draftee David Bush
was exclusively a reliever at Wake Forest, and was a starter as soon as he signed with Toronto. He then made it to the Show by the end of 2004. He was throwing complete games against the Reds two years later, heh.
was another one, although he's been used in the bullpen since making it to the bigs.