Originally Posted by mace
This may be naive and unrealistic, but wouldn't it make some sense to let a good-hitting pitcher like (presumably) Guillon get some extra work and swings in the low minors? Maybe cut his pitching back to every eighth day or so and give him an occasional start in the outfield or wherever. Have him take extra hitting in the spring. Field some fly balls. Just in the event . . .
You wouldn't want to do it with a first- or second-rounder--at least, not right off the bat--but for a guy like Guillon, to whom throwing strikes has not come naturally . . .
Not really, no. You want to keep his head in one place.
He really struggled to throw strikes last year, but he showed dramatic improvement in the last month of the year.
9 walks and 24 strikeouts in 103 batters faced.
The rest of the season saw this: 37 and 37 in 205 batters faced.
Something clearly changed. I am sure that the Reds know what it was and like what they saw.