Originally Posted by *BaseClogger*
It didn't really work with Sean Watson, but I still like the premise...
That's a Chris Buckley thing- to draft pitchers who have good velocity and stuff and were college relievers/closers and then convert them to starting as pros. He did it before he worked for the Reds, too (see David Bush, for example, who was a closer at Wake Forest).
The idea is that they have a lot less miles on their arms when they start pro careers. The downside (in addition to the stretching out that's referenced elsewhere in the thread) is that many of these guys had even less of an occasion to bother with developing offspeed stuff of the kind one needs to be a consistently successful big-league starter, so it's an added element of risk.