Re: Joe Valentine is now an Astro
Some guys with great arms who start out poorly eventually get it together.
But tons more don't. The best indicator of future success is past (or present) success. Valentine has had little success, even in the minors. In fact, he realaly stunk out the joint.
The Guillen trade turned out to be a beauty for the Reds anyway, as Harang has turned into a really good pitcher.
If he continues to progress next year, he could easily win 18 or more games with better run support. In fact, if he pitches the same as last year, our offense could get him those wins. It's amazing that we didn't win substantially any more of Harang's starts as we did of Milton's and Ortiz'. But they got mega run support and Harang didn't.