Originally Posted by redsof72
Not sure. I am not one of the guys who is big on talking a lot about ceilings, especially for a pitcher, because who is to say when he is going to stop getting better? Mike Leake certainly does not possess the stuff to be a prototypical # 1 starter, but he might end up being one anyway. Crabbe is a power pitcher who can get his fastball into the 94-95 range. He has the arm to pitch in the big leagues and pitch well there if he dramatically improves his command. He might top out in Double-A but the Reds hope he can help them in Cincinnati some day.
I see your point about ceilings. I, too, hope he can improve his command. He showed major improvement from a 6.0 BB/9 to 3.5 BB/9 last year. If he can get below 3, I think he will have great success next year.
That being said, I wouldn't mind him not focusing 100% on control if it meant he could pick up another pitch. I don't think you necessarily have to be more "wild" when you pick up a new pitch, but I think he is going to need a third pitch to pitch in the Cincinnati rotation, so I hope the Reds do their best to teach him a third pitch so he can be a legit starting pitcher prospect.