Re: Michael Lorenzen
The traditional idea of using every good arm as a starter, initially, is changing. MLB.com published an article on this point on May 31.
The downward trend on offense is largely the function of power arms in the bullpen. Guys coming in throwing 99 MPH, one after the other.
As a result, teams are identifying guys as relievers earlier and earlier. Even colleges are using top arms in the pen.
The Reds recognize this. The devotion of Chapman to the pen relatively early in his career is a key example. Kimbrel is viewed as an important example as well.
I think we'll find that the modern thinking on this will follow these examples. Teams will more aggressively allocate their top arms between the rotation and the pen, depending on their view of suitability for each role.
It won't always happen immediately upon the draft. Some guys will begin their development in the rotation and switch, and vice versa. But I think we'll see these decisions be made earlier in development. That will be the modern trend IMO.
Last edited by Kc61; 08-18-2013 at 03:10 AM.