Re: Baseball Prospects Reds Top 11 Prospects
Goldstein seems to be very low on Cueto. He mentions the top 3 prospects in his into and seems to think Cueto is just an extra. According to him Cueto's perfect world projection is a solid number 3. I'd say that's a little low.
He says he has "pure power stuff" with a plus hard slider second pitch. His changeup varies start to start with above average with late sink. Also his command and control are above average. It would seem that Cueto would be viewed as a 5-star with 3 plus pitches and great control. Yet he says he thinks Cueto isn't big enough to be a longterm starter. He thinks Cueto will not be able to handle 200 IP, even though Cueto has an injury free history. Great command would make you believe he pitch deep into games and keep his pitch count low. Goldstein rates Volquez ahead of Cueto and .
I really think that his size shouldn't be as much of an issue as it's been. A smaller, slightly larger framed guy should have a more repeatable and mechanically better deliver than a tall lanky guy, thus leading to less injurys. The pitchers stuff, mechanics, control, (all the actual pitching aspects) should matter, not whether or not he was fortunate to be tall.