Re: The dawn of Yorman Rodriguez?
Originally Posted by RedsManRick
Problem with your premise is knowledge of what the guy is like at the major league level. There's a lack of certainty involved with every prospect. So the answer to your question would be less about starter vs. reliever and more about certainty of performance in the majors.
In terms of Chapman had he been draft eligible at the time he was signed, the team that drafted him almost assuredly would have drafted him as a starter. I guarantee you the Reds signed him hoping he would be a starter and recognizing that he would be filthy a reliever if it came to that. That the organization now views him differently is another matter, complicated by considerations of the composition of the current 25 man roster and the special emphasis on putting the best roster on the field in 2013.
I realize that. I just wonder if a "closer" that had the ability of Chapman would change the "no earlier than 3rd round".
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