Originally Posted by dougdirt
You are right, kid pitchers do fail in large numbers.... but we aren't talking just any kid pitchers, we are talking kid pitchers in the upper minors with successful track records all the way through AA. there is a large difference between a 19 year old with tons of potential in Low A and a 21 or 22 year old with tons of potential in AA/AAA and you know it. You are using an awful large paint brush to paint your picture when in fact you should be using a fine brush to paint the picture involving the Reds prospects (at least with Bailey and Cueto, not so much Maloney).
Exactly right. For example, when the Reds promoted Brian Reith prematurely, he was not considered a prospect at the level of a Bailey or a Cueto. That was a mistake. I feel very differently about Bailey/Cueto.
I really do think Princeton said it best in his post. True top level pitching shouldn't languish in the minor leagues. Yes, the guys will have their rough spots but getting the electric arms to the big league team should be a priority. Otherwise, you are wasting their fastballs, curveballs and changeups in leagues that don't count.
Look, I was a big advocate of getting Bedard. I would like nothing better than first rate veteran pitching. But if that can't happen, then the second choice is to get moving with these great young arms.
The third choice -- a staff like last year's -- is unacceptable to me. Only losing teams load their staffs with 5.5 and 6.5 ERA veterans or unproven guys with modest pitching talent.