I've been checking into the Schramek as a pitcher question and I am beginning to think the Reds really do plan on converting him.
1. Schramek's #1 tool is his arm.
2. Schramek DID pitch at UT-SA as a freshman in 1999, posting a 0.77 ERA in limited exposure. Given his arm strength, I have to assume he also pitched in HS.
3. I check the Reds 2001 draft list and, sure enough, Schramek is listed in the 45th as a RHP.
I think this is a REALLY bad idea, but it looks like the Reds are serious about using Mark as a pitcher.