Originally Posted by M2
Cueto's the best story in the farm system so far. Maybe BA will finally take notice and rank him on the prospect hot sheet.
As for promoting him, why not just enjoy a good thing instead? He's 20 years-old. Prior to this season he'd only thrown 49 unremarkable innings in professional baseball (43 IP of it in the GCL). This isn't a race. Cueto's got all kinds of maturing to do. He has to learn to adjust to hitters who've adjusted to him. He has to learn how to cope with a heavier workload. One thing I'd really like to see the Reds allow their young arms to learn is how to cope with success. It's a lesson no Reds farm arm has been allowed to learn in ages.
I'd keep Cueto exactly where he is and allow him to learn at a level where he can thrive, only promoting him for maybe two or three starts at the end of August.
Absolutely agree. At 20 years old you can theoretically keep him for a full year in low A and still have him on track to break through to the big leagues by age 23-24. He's a smaller guy, so the Reds should take care not to force him up the ladder and cause him to push himself at the next level. Let him get confidence in his stuff, dominate, and be mentally ready to take the next step.
Plus, a year of dominance puts him on the national radar for next year and increases his trade value exponentially if the Reds decide to go that route