Re: Zach Stewart - Starting Pitcher?
I'm encouraged by Stewart, but if he's going to be a starter it may take a while. He only threw 80 innings last year and probably should top out at 110 or so in 2009. That means 140 in 2010 and 170 in 2011. I wouldn't let him start in the big leagues until he completed that progression. With Burton struggling, Weathers aging and not signed beyond 2009 and Cordero an expensive piece who has a no trade that expires after the season, maybe Stewart could best help the Reds as a late inning guy for 2010. After the season the Reds should be shopping Cordero and trying to reinvest that money into Votto, Volquez, Cueto and Bruce as they start to get a little more expensive. I like the Reds minor league bullpen depth, but don't really consider any of Roenicke, Fisher, Viola or Manual a candidate to replace Cordero. Stewart could be the guy with those others pitching in front of him.
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Last edited by mth123; 05-23-2009 at 01:08 PM.