Re: Who are the flame throwers?
It would be interesting to hear a good interview that really focuses on what led to his success in 2009. The Reds put him on the 40-man and that says something. I heard that Tom Brown, who I believe the Reds are lucky to have, taught him the cutter. If all he had before was a fastball, it is easy to see why he was not effective as a starter. The thing I like is that he was able to go all the way to Triple-A and still use that cutter effectively against experienced hitters. Sounds like a Steve Bedrosian type pitcher.
The Reds are getting to a point, hopefully, where instead of having to spend a bunch of money on ancient middle relievers just to keep from blowing games in the seventh inning, ala Chris Hammond, Mike Stanton, Kent Mercker, Arthur Rhodes, David Weathers, Rheal Cormier, etc., they can develop those kind of guys themselves and use that money elsewhere. Those guys are not super expensive ($2-3 million a year), but that is money you would like to have for something else. Other than Todd Coffey, I can't think of too many guys that they have drafted and developed who have filled that role. And even Coffey was really a 1-2 year wonder with the Reds.
I definitely like Carlos Fisher and Ondrusek should be there in 2010 at some point.