Originally Posted by dougdirt
No, I am saying that because he hasn't developed a third pitch that he is likely to be moved to a reliever position. And as a reliever, coaches aren't likely to continue working on a third pitch with him and will be working solely with his fastball/slider combo, thus decreasing his chances of ever finding that third pitch because he won't be focusing on one anymore.
As for it being so difficult to throw that third pitch if you can throw two so well..... if it were so easy, everyone would do it. But a slew of guys can't and those guys wind up as relievers.
I can see your point. Furthermore, if he really can't throw a third pitch, I do agree maybe he shouldn't be valued as high as another starting pitcher with his numbers. I will continue to vote for him with the understanding that I think he will pick up another pitch. Even if he can't pick up another pitch, he could be another Boxberger-like pitcher in the bullpen. I guess the Reds will ultimately decide his fate by either placing him in the Pensacola rotation or bullpen. With the lack of arms in AA and High A outside of Crabbe, Corcino and Sulbaran, I see no reason to move him to the bullpen until they are absolutely sure he will never pick up that third pitch.