Originally Posted by The Rage
Lotzkar isn't close to being ready and Sulbaran should move to the pen. The main 2 Reds pitching prospects are Cingrani and Corcino who both have questions and may end up as pen arms. Lotzkar is the only guy that has the complete tools to be a starter right now. But with his past injury history and struggles in AA, he is a 2 years off at least.
The next best pitching prospect who profiles as a starter is Mr.Stephenson down in rookie ball. Explains why the Reds drafted another arm.
Agree on all fronts, except I think you may be a little harsh on Corcino and Cingrani:
Lotzkar still needs at least 2 more years in minor league development (during which he needs to stay healthy).
Sulbaran should probably move to the 'pen.
Corcino, Cingrani, Stephenson, and Travieso are likely the Reds best pitching prospects in that order (although Lotzkar currently sits at #5 and could vault up the charts if/when he finds his control).
Stephenson and Travieso are both probably 3-4 years away from big league consideration.
Corcino and especially Cingrani could
wind up in the 'pen, but at this point they both look like two pretty good starting pitching prospects that could be ready as soon as late next season or definitely OD 2014.