Originally Posted by Highlifeman21
As opinions go, this certainly is one.
As ideas go, this is certainly a bad one.
You're assuming that the youngsters have made the transition to turn their hypothetical talent into actual talent, which is an incorrect assumption.
Bringing up the kids before they're ready (and none of them are 100% ready, let's not kid ourselves) will be catastrophically detrimental to their development. All of the kids need more time in the minors, make no mistake about it. Until they can consistently get out minor league hitters, it's criminal to assume they can consistently get out major league hitters.
No, it's criminal to assume that the team that has brought you Majewski, Coffey, Stanton, Belisle's last season, and some of the other Reds staff members will compete. They won't.
A healthy Bailey and Volquez should start every fifth day. Don't let them throw too many pitches, but I don't see what AAA adds for them at this point.
Let Cueto break in as a middle reliever. Other teams do this. He had a lot of minor league innings last year, let him cut his teeth against the real competition.
Let Maloney seriously compete for the fifth spot with Affeldt. Maloney has had a lot of minor league experience at this point. Maybe he succeeds maybe not, he's not going to be worse than last year's fifth spot, which didn't win a game until, I think, June.
Let's get some real talent on the team. Don't overuse them, but it's a better way to spend a season than watching the typical Reds staff.
Or is this upcoming season still another prelude to a future that never comes?