Originally Posted by Edd Roush
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?
His stuff didn't really change over that time though. He still needs another pitch that he doesn't really have right now. I would say there is a chance he starts next season, but I don't think his chances of starting in the Majors are more than 20% at this point because of the lack of that third pitch.