Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
Anyone else concerned about Travieso's inability to go deep into games?
Kidding. Nice first start for the kid. For some reason, I didn't like the pick when it was first announced (probably because of BS Mock Drafts from people like Keith Law who projected Tanner Rahier would be a first-round, but didn't have Travieso listed as a first-rounder). However, since about 10 minutes after the pick was announced until now, I absolutely love it. Nice find to get a power arm with good mechanics and a quality arsenal of pitches with the No. 14 pick.
I agree with this, though I'll admit 99.9999% of my baseball draft knowledge comes from what people say and quote on this site, so I wasn't upset so much as I was "well nobody mentioned him", however after reading up on him, I came away very impressed.
Now, let the Reds fan in me dream a little dream and imagine that both Travieso and Stephenson become all that and a bag of chips. They sure would arrive in the majors just as Latos and Cueto hit free agency (unless the Reds extend them prior to free agency) and as Homer and Leake are getting expensive. After years of struggling to produce middle to top of the rotation starting pitchers from the draft, up thru the minors and into the ML rotation, it sure would be nice to have 2 more in that vein to replace the handful the Reds have today. Throw in the starting arms in AA right now and the Reds are going to have some real solid trading chips or replacements in the pipeline. The potential (some would suspectial) cost savings in middle to top of rotation arms these guys could be in the majors in 4-6 seasons could really help balance out Joey's large contract in terms of team payroll and the limitations Cincy faces in the current market places compared to teams like the Yankees, Red Sox & Cubs.
The ducks certainly seem to be aligning themselves both at the majors and in the minors for a long, extended 10+ season run.