Originally Posted by JaxRed
I go entirely the other way on Avery. The Reds (and probably most teams) don't want to send starters to AFL because they've already logged their share of innings.
The other pitchers this year are Valiquette and Horst who were relievers, and Darryl Thompson who only logged 60 innings because he was hurt.
Last year it was Leake (hadn't played since June), Boxberger, Ondrusek, Watson. For 2008 the roster says Manuel, Watson, Viola.
In Avery they can send a starter who only has 100 innings on his arm this year. In AA he put up a 5.63 ERA, more hits than innings pitched, half as many strikeouts as innings pitched, and a .321 avg against him.
I think Avery is a warm body and has no chance of being added to the 40.
I was thinking the same but I don't see why they waste an AFL Spot. He could go to the Mexican League to get work in. I'd have saved that spot for Joseph. I get that nobody wants to send starters. but these goes usually go no more than three innings and relievers would be ok. I think its for guys being considered and non-prospects go south of the border.
Actually, Ondrusek is the model I'm thinking of. Those others were lit up in AZ. Watson was horrid. Viola was ho hum. Even Ondrusek was iffy and didn't make the roster until turning it around the next season. If Avery is bad, he won't be on. If he's good, I think he could be. A lot depends on who else we see the Reds deal, extend, keep or non-tender. I think there could be lots of spots or maybe not enough.