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.
The velocity is there, the control on his FB is not even close. It was painful watching him pitch some games last year because he was all over the place.