Re: Who is Redszone's #11 Prospect?
My view on Maloney was that he would be an effective ML pitcher with a team having a big ball park. I did not believe that the Reds would tolerate a painful learning curve in GABP while he learned to pinpoint a slider that finished just below the strike zone for his out pitch. This past season, however, may have proved me wrong. I did not see all of his innings for the Reds, but he did seem to be keeping the ball down better. The HR's, still too many, came on clear mistakes when he left pitches belt high. The Reds were very patient in allowing the learning curve to occur in AAA.
Despite Maloney's age, I think his ceiling is still high. Lefties can take a long time to develop. At the completion of his 28 YO season, Cliff Lee had a 4.63 ERA and an unremarkable K/9. For all their work in developing him, the Indians got 1.5 good seasons in return. For a small market team, not having him on the ML roster early in his career can be a good thing.
I hope Maloney makes the starting rotation this year. My concern is that he is a slow starter and the AZ is a notorious hitter's league.