Re: Richie Gardner
I know it's been mentioned that Richie's going to AAA, and that's great. If I were the Reds, I'd try to keep him as a starter as long as possible, because that's the kind of stuff he has.
Frankly, if he ends up in the bullpen, it's going to be a tough slog to get a serious big-league look. AAA relief pitchers are a dime a dozen and the Bats already have a whole staff of relievers (Stone, Wilkerson, Kershner, etc.) that can put up decent-to-good minor-league numbers but don't light up the radar gun and aren't seen as legitimate big-league contenders. Stone might get a callup this year because he's had past success (although he was a batting tee in his first Reds stint) in Houston and because he's having the best year of the Louisville 'penners right now. But that's pretty much it.
However, I'm generally in strong support of Wayne Krivsky's desire to build a stronger bullpen through youth. It worked in Minnesota and it can work here. Our conflagratory big-league bullpen is just a confluence of simultaneous growing pains and veteran placeholders fading.
Last edited by Doc. Scott; 06-22-2007 at 11:31 AM.