Re: Can Johnny C be an ACE?
Can he be... absolutely.
The question is will he be.
He has ace stuff without a doubt. He's made the most of it so far this year, and it's been good to see. But maybe the truest mark of an ace is how he pitches when his best stuff isn't there. He's done an outstanding job of giving the Reds a chance to win on those occasions this year.
I'd love to see it, because he's been my favorite Reds pitcher for a while now, at least starting pitcher. He and Volquez both started with the Reds back in 2008, and Johnny has just always seemed to take his craft a little more seriously than Volquez did.