Originally Posted by REDREAD
Granted, it's only two starts in AAA, but Homer has a 6.61 ERA, a 2.00 WHIP, and has only lasted 8 innings.
Clearly, Walt made the right call sending him to AAA and keeping Masset.
I'm just wondering the general opinion of the board.. Will the Reds ever get decent production out of him before he is dumped/traded? Maybe Walt will be able to get something for him in a trade.. but that is not what the poll is about.. I am asking whether Homer will give any positive contribution to the Reds before he is shown the door.
I'm not sure I agree with that. Sending him down after the results he was putting up in ST had to (it simply HAD to) shoot down his confidence. When a kid makes the strides he did this off season to right the ship and correct the things everybody said he needed to work on...you need to reward that work. Masset didn't show me much of anything in ST, but because we already signed 3 pitchers in the off season (Weathers, Lincoln & Rhodes) when we really only needed one (maybe 2) forced the Reds hand in having to choose between Masset & Bailey. If not for those signings...both could've stayed. Bailey certainly deserved to. We had several relievers who could've easily filled the rolls that Weathers/Lincoln/Rhodes are currently occupying.
I wouldn't be surprised if those first minor league outings are bouts of frustration and flat out anger. I know I would be pissed.
As for the original question...yes, he will be. Too much talent not to be productive. Now whether it's for the Reds or not...remains to be seen.