Re: Pedro Viola article from Reds website
I find Viola to be an intriguing prospect. He's 25 years old but didn't sign until he was 22 years old due to identification, birth certificate, and visa issues. He's got a nice arsenal: fastball in the 93-95 mph range, a plus slider with great bite, and a changeup. I'm not sure how good the changeup is at this point. 2007 was his first season in the States and he was quite dominant between A, A+, and AA: 82.1 IP, 55 H, 5 HR, 30 BB/94 K, 1.42 ERA. That was good enough for him to just miss Baseball Prospectus' top 11 Reds prospects list.
This year, on the surface it looks like had a bad season. He posted a 4.48 ERA and allowed 88 hits in 82.1 innings and walked 36 batters. On the bright side he still kept the ball in the yard with only six homers allowed and averaged over a K/IP with 84 in 82.1 IP. If you dig deeper you'll see he was a bit unlucky as his FIP ERA was a solid 3.65 and BABIP was .369. I still consider him a very good prospect.
If he can improve his control a bit (it was solid last year) and develop his changeup into an average or better pitch (it may already be, I'm not sure), then he could possibly develop into a solid starter. If not, I still like him a lot in the bullpen where he could be a shutdown caliber arm in the mold of a Rafael Perez. I look for him to debut in Cincy sometime next summer if he gets off to a good start.
I miss Adam Dunn.