Originally Posted by Red Leader
Funny you say bullpen, because that's the way I'd break him in, too. Just like the Phillies are doing with Ryan Madson. I'd say he's still at least 2 years away from making the Reds roster. The fastball and curve are there, but he needs a third pitch (changeup) and he's going to need more time to develop that pitch before he'll be an effective starter. He also needs work on his command, which seemed to get out of whack at times last year.
Its just i play in an online league for MVP baseball 05 lol. And i used him alot and progressed him to make him better it was cool seeing him go from AAA to a SP on my staff
But yea all youngsters should start in the bullpen IMO. Gives you time to get a feel, and fix any problems b4 taking the mound as a starter and getting rattled.
Kinda like a QB in the NFL.. you dont wanna throw a rookie in the game as a Starter too soon, you can break thier spirit, and psycologicly they'd never get back in the game