Passing up Wacha BC of Travieso will come back to haunt Jocketty and the Reds for the next decade. Imagine Wacha and Cingrani sitting in AAA waiting.
If anyone wants to argue semantics, that's fine, but the only point I was trying to make was that I don't think you promote a guy to A+ who is 2 years removed from HS and has only 87 IP at low A.
I think you give him at least 4 more starts. If he keeps pitching this well send him to the Cal league.
I may not be fast, but I sure am slow.
Tony Cloninger (06-01-2013)
Remember how much better the Trevor Bauer pick looked over Gerritt Cole at times. Things change quickly, especially when pitchers advance.
Seems a little early to compare a 22 year old college pitcher Mike Wacha to a 19 year old high school pitcher Travieso, less than a year into their pro careers.
Wacha was much like Leake considered close to ready out of college and as a #3 at best rotation arm. Travieso's upside is higher but his floor could be lower, thats the risk you take with a high school arm vs college arm.
Far to early to predict 3 years down the road let alone 10.
Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.
Travieso's start tonight (at home against Lake County) is so eagerly and curiously awaited that I wondered what the expectation might be among the ranks here. I'll go with this:
5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.
"Give me the mace and I'll drive the pumpkin down Whitey Ford's throat." -- Ping Bodie, when asked in 1960 whether he could have hit contemporary pitchers.