Originally Posted by dougdirt
I will admit, I ranked Garrett higher than Crabbe. Crabbe, clearly and unequivocally is the better of the two right now and it isn't close. My reasoning was that Crabbe, despite his two very good pitches is still likely to wind up as a reliever. The Reds know his stuff and even they had him coming out of the bullpen 10+ times this season. Garrett, while much more raw and not nearly as good right now or even having two very good pitches (though I did see promising reports on his curveball), still has a chance to be a starter where as I think the chances are much lower for Crabbe. Still, I completely get either side of the argument.
doug, the Reds' thinking changed a little towards the end of the season? While he started in the bullpen in 2011 for Dayton after exhibiting disastrous control in the Dragons 2010 rotation, Crabbe did start in his last 10 appearances. Do you think they could now see him as a starter now?
He did strike out 68 guys while only walking 22 in 60 1/3 IP. Thats a K:BB over 3 in that small sample size and his ERA was a stellar 3.28 in that stretch. I believe you said the league average ERA in California was 4.50.
Is there any chance now that the Reds now see what they have on their hands and allow him to start in the 2012 Pensacola rotation?