Originally Posted by redsmetz
I think a number of us here are saying this same thing. I don't ever recall having this many pitching prospects at once. It may mean disaster for this year, but I'd love to see the Reds for once have a pretty good pitching staff - something we haven't had since the early 1960's (not to take anything away from the BRM staff, but they were a solid group of decent starters - I'd have loved to have seen the Maloney, O'Toole, Purkey, Jay, etc. staff with the BRM club!).
I'm really looking forward to seeing Cueto.
I'm not as enamored by Homer Bailey as others around here are. I suppose my reservations about Bailey stem towards my feelings about his work ethic. It all goes back to spring training a couple years ago when Mario Soto was teaching his change-up to the minor league pitchers. Cueto was his star pupil. From what I read, Bailey never sought ought Soto for help. As I see it, Bailey's greatest weakness is his change. If he would get serious and allow himself to be coached by someone who knows how to throw a GREAT
change and knows how to teach it, Bailey's success would skyrocket at the major league level.
To me, if you want to improve the pitching staff, hire a plane to fly in Mario Soto, and have him spend about two weeks alone with Bailey, Cueto, and Belisle. Take Bailey's 95+ mph fastball and 12-6 curveball, and add in a Mario Soto change-up, and the kid will become the whiz kid everyone hopes he will be.
The question is, will Jocketty persuade the Reds to tutor Bailey?