Re: It's time to stop screwing around with this kid
I have to ask, how would a rotation job fix his control problems? He may be more naturally comfortable there, but stretching out his appearances like that seems like it could compound his problems rather than fix them by encouraging him to repeat them over the course of 80+ pitches. What's more, if he gets blown up as a starter and batters take advantage of his reduced velocity, do you switch him back?
I'll agree, however, that it's time for the Reds organization to make up their minds on reliever/starter. If he escapes this downturn with his career intact as either a starter or reliever, trying to change him again could send him back to his old ways and possibly ruin him for good.