Originally Posted by membengal
Stephenson's frisky good start to his career at Billings really puts a spring in my step.
Even better? That he can do so with very little pressure, as the Reds have quality arms already in line in AA. No reason to hope he moves quickly etc., he can develop at a nice normal pace.
I feel the same way. And not only is no one at risk of being rushed in the minors, but with the exception of Arroyo, everyone in the rotation is under team control through the end of the 2014 season. And even then, only Homer Bailey is due for free agency. If Chapman takes Arroyo's spot, you have more than two seasons to figure out whether Tony Cingrani, Dan Corcino, Kyle Lotzkar, Todd Redmond, J.C. Sulbaran, or Pedro Villarreal can help you--and that's before you even start looking at the lower minors where some guys are already impressing.