Originally Posted by redsof72
Ok, ok. I am not sure how much more you think he needed to do that year to qualify for the term "dominant." In his first full year of pro ball, he started out in Sarasota in Single-A. He passed through Double-A and was in Triple-A before the end of June. In Double-A and Triple-A combined: 49.1 IP, 7 ER (1.28 ERA). He was doing this, not with fringy stuff, but with a fastball that was 93-94 and a hard slider that, regardless of the level, minor leaguer hitters could not do anything with.
Give me a list of Reds minor league pitchers who have moved through three levels in their first full season of pro ball, put up a 1.28 ERA at Double-A/Triple-A, and did it with power stuff?
He struck out less than a batter an inning and gave up as many hits as innings.
That can never be dominant regardless of the ERA.