Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
I've not seen Stephenson (or Cingrani) as much as I'd like. I'm assuming you have. Is it the top end velocity, '72? The electricity in his arm?
I think both Cingrani and Corcino, if they hit their ceillings, are legitimate TOR arms. One's not any better than the other, IMO and both have warts. Judging from his statistics (and the limited number of IP I've seen), I'd think Stephenson also has warts-- primarily among them, control.
I think the deal with Stephenson is the way he lights up the radar gun right now - and he is a starter. His control issues do raise a red flag, but IMO, that's what the lower minor leagues and coaching are for. If Stephenson is 23-24 years old at AA and still battling control issues, that's a problem.
I suppose the dream of most of us who follow the minor leagues on a regular basis is that the Reds would come up with a young arm late in a draft, bring him in and with a couple coaching sessions, turn an overlooked prospect in to a legitimate TOR prospect. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen too often. Scouts today do a good enough job that if one scout sees an adjustment, so will all the other scouts.
By the way, my attention was diverted during last night's game, but did I hear Welch and Grande talking about Pete Schoureck and that someone suggested a tweak to him that resulted in a jump in velocity from 88 to 95 mph? Did I hear that right?