Re: Reds Pitching -- Let's promote the prospects
When I think about this whole "ready/ not ready" debate... there have been pitchers pushed into the majors before they are ready.. yes.. and there's been some players who languish too long in the minors to ever reach their potential glory.
The thing is that it takes a real baseball mind to know the difference, IMO, of who will benefit by being in MLB rather than minors and who will benefit the club now even thought it may hamper their development but the positives end up outweighing the negatives in the long run.
I think of the Rule 5 draft: if Hamilton wasn't in the majors w/ special care and superb instruction, if instead in languished in the Rays system (w/o a Johny Narron to hold his hand) would he have ever made in to the bigs and/or stayed off drugs???.... i think he's a perfect example of someone who benefited by being rushed into MLB
Another example, Burton, the kid wasn't ready in the beginning but due to circumstances, Mackanin showed his faith in him and the kid blossomed into a great 8th inning game on the line kinda reliever that hopefully will make a career for himself in the MLB... if he languished in the Oakland farm system and never received the special instruction and special boost of confidence that was needed to keep him on the MLB staff.. would he have ever made it to the MLB?? I dunno... maybe not.
Santana had an excellent WHIP and K9 when he was picked up on a rule 5, but some team trusted him enough to let him get killed in the MLB for a year in order to blossom in to the game's current best pitcher.
Sergio Valenzuella....??? who knows maybe WK sees a diamond in the rough who's been mistreated in the minors and could benefit by special MLB training and special MLB confidence... next Burton? next Santana?
My point is which guys are rushed and which guys aren't is way more contingent on the guy and the benefits vs. negatives type analysis... and it takes baseball minds smarter than mine to determine who's who ...
There's a reason WK didnt rush Bailey (despite tremendous pressure) more than he ended up being rushed.. Bailey took his lumps but then came back from injury and pitched great... what if he's put it together? why further seasoning?
I'm undecided on Cueto and Maloney ... but if the SP is good and BP needs help, I wouldnt be adverse to sliding Cueto into the BP if the benefits/harm analysis adds up.