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    Tyler Pelland on Lookouts roster, Calvin Medlock to bullpen

    What?!? Why in the world would they switch Calvin Medlock to the bullpen and keep Steve Kelly and Eddy Valdez in the rotation over him? As for Pelland, I was hoping the Reds would repeat him in Sarasota and give him the chance to dominate that league before moving on to Chattanooga.

    Lookouts arriving with new-look team
    By David Paschall Staff Writer

    The Chattanooga Lookouts will open the 2006 season with familiar pitchers but a new infield from a season ago.

    They will have four members of Cincinnati’s 40-man roster — catcher Miguel Perez, first baseman Joey Votto and pitchers Travis Chick and Phil Dumatrait — and three of Baseball America’s top 10 organizational prospects: Perez, Votto and Chick. The Lookouts are aiming to rebound from last season’s 53-83 record, which was the worst since professional baseball returned to Chattanooga in 1976. "We’re looking at a young roster, and it’s a whole new team than last year," Lookouts thirdyear manager Jayhawk Owens said. "We’ve got a lot of young, hungry guys and a lot of our higher prospects. That’s what Double-A is all about, getting some of these young prospects up there and putting the pressure on them."

    Lookouts players who drove from spring training in Sarasota, Fla., arrived in Chattanooga on Saturday. Those scheduled to fly into town arrive today. The Lookouts open their Southern League season Thursday night in Jacksonville but play an exhibition game Tuesday night at BellSouth Park against Chattanooga State.

    Barring any late changes, the Lookouts will have a starting infield of Votto at first, Javier Colina at second, Anderson Machado at shortstop and Aaron Herr at third. Luis Bolivar is slated to be the utility infielder.

    Herr, the son of former St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Tommy Herr, was a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2000 and played at BellSouth in 2004 with Greenville. Machado has appeared in 20 big-league games, one with Philadelphia in 2003 and the rest with the Reds the past two seasons.

    "Colina led the Venezuelan Winter League two years ago in hitting and was the MVP of that league," new Reds player development director Johnny Almaraz said. "Machado is 25 and a good defensive player, and we are putting him there to give him some confidence offensively. Herr has hit 20-plus homers in Double-A before."

    Last year’s opening-day infield had Jesse Gutierrez at first, Kevin Howard at second, Jeff Bannon at short and Santiago Perez at third. Gutierrez and Bannon are now with Triple-A Louisville. Howard and Perez are in other organizations.

    Miguel Perez, Votto and Bolivar each will be making his Double-A debut, though Perez did play 21 Triple-A games last season and two with Cincinnati.

    "It will be a challenge with these kids, because they’re going to get beat up a little bit," Owens said. "For the first time in their life, they’re going to experience failure. It’s a long season, and I’ve got to watch them this first month if they start getting down on themselves."

    Backing Perez at catcher will be Ryan Hanigan, who was Chattanooga’s most underrated player last year, hitting.321 in 100 games. The projected outfield has returner Norris Hopper in left, Chris Dickerson in center and Eric Crozier in right, with Rick Asadoorian returning as a fourth outfielder.

    Javon Moran is scheduled back in Chattanooga once a wrist injury heals, but Junior Ruiz may not play this year after an offseason automobile accident. Each finished with the Lookouts a year ago.

    Dickerson, a cousin of NFL Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson, is rated by Baseball America as the organization’s best athlete. He hit just.236 in 119 games last season with high Single-A Sarasota.

    "He’s one we’re going to have to watch closely," Owens said. "It’s going to be a big jump for him. Hopefully he can keep his head above water."

    The projected rotation consists of Chick, Dumatrait, Steve Kelly, Tyler Pelland and Eddy Valdez. Chick, Dumatrait and Valdez were with Chattanooga last season, while Kelly went 12-7 with a 2.96 ERA two years ago with the Lookouts, tying for the Southern League lead in wins and earning an invitation to the league’s all-star game.

    Highlighting the bullpen will be Calvin Medlock, who went 6-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 17 starts with Sarasota last year and was named Reds minor league pitcher of the year. David Shafer, who made 34 appearances with the Lookouts last season and notched six saves, is expected to get the first crack at closer.

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    Re: Tyler Pelland on Lookouts roster, Calvin Medlock to close

    I just read that article myself and was just as baffled, and came here to post it to see if anyone knew what the heck for....but you beat me to it by about 3 minutes.

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    Re: Tyler Pelland on Lookouts roster, Calvin Medlock to bullpen

    Medlock is not a big guy. Perhaps this is the reason the Reds think his future is in the bullpen.

    Interesting that Reds are being aggressive with Votto and Pelland by moving them up to AA after so-so High A seasons. On the other hand, not great for Steve Kelly that he is back at AA.

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    Re: Tyler Pelland on Lookouts roster, Calvin Medlock to bullpen

    Medlock is the most over rated prospect i have ever seen on here by reds fans. i got to watch him his entire year in dayton. hes a decent pitcher, but isnt great. i never thought he would be a starter if he made it to the bigs and thought he would be a long reliever or specialists.

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    Re: Tyler Pelland on Lookouts roster, Calvin Medlock to bullpen

    Yep. Performance doesn't matter at all. Give me a guy that looks the part every day.
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    Re: Tyler Pelland on Lookouts roster, Calvin Medlock to bullpen

    i think medlock should be a starter until his numbers force him to the bullpen. especially with our history developing starting pitching, we finally get a guy who has success and we move him to the bullpen. it makes no sense to move a guy with his track record to the pen. as for pelland, although i was hoping he would start the year in sarasota, but i am wishfully thinking he will handle AA. what does this make the sarasota rotation look like? homer bailey, sam lecure, james avery, jeff stevens, and camilio vazquez??

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    Re: Tyler Pelland on Lookouts roster, Calvin Medlock to bullpen

    Quote Originally Posted by NewEraReds
    Medlock is the most over rated prospect i have ever seen on here by reds fans. i got to watch him his entire year in dayton. hes a decent pitcher, but isnt great. i never thought he would be a starter if he made it to the bigs and thought he would be a long reliever or specialists.
    Calvin Medlock overrated? Nope. Underrated? Yes.

    2005-1.08 WHIP, 3.06 ERA, 7.87 h/9, 0.50 hr/9, 1.82 bb/9, 8.12 k/9.

    Career-1.14 WHIP, 3.28 ERA, 7.89 h/9, 0.64 hr/9, 2.35 bb/9, 9.19 k/9.

    I would rank him as one of our top 5 pitching prospects.
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    Re: Tyler Pelland on Lookouts roster, Calvin Medlock to bullpen

    Pelland at AA

    Just like I thought.

    Just like I feared.
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    Re: Tyler Pelland on Lookouts roster, Calvin Medlock to bullpen

    I don't know, I have never seen him pitch but I am curious if they think he has the ability to be a "Lights Out" closer?
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    Re: Tyler Pelland on Lookouts roster, Calvin Medlock to bullpen

    Quote Originally Posted by MartyFan
    I don't know, I have never seen him pitch but I am curious if they think he has the ability to be a "Lights Out" closer?
    except he's in the rotation.
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    Re: Tyler Pelland on Lookouts roster, Calvin Medlock to bullpen

    Every scouting report I've every read on Medlock has stated that the guy simply isn't a major league starter, but could be a solid reliever.

    Perhaps the team just wants to fast forward to where he is most valuable so he can move up the system.

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    Re: Tyler Pelland on Lookouts roster, Calvin Medlock to bullpen

    Because he's short JM. That's all they got.
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    Re: Tyler Pelland on Lookouts roster, Calvin Medlock to bullpen

    After perusing thee affiliates rosters I can see what the FO is up too. They are all better teams than overall last year. The attendance figures from the Bats & Dragons especially should be quite high all season. Gotta make those teams competitive if we want to bring in the $$$ to help improve the foundation. This is why we brought in the Sanchez's, Ross's & Long's of the world, plus it will help these youngsters down the road to have some recent experience in playing in meaningfull games. I like the idea. Now if we can each just go to a couple of extra games at the big league level this year we might actually help this FO get there quicker than maybe even they expect too.

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    Re: Tyler Pelland on Lookouts roster, Calvin Medlock to bullpen

    Quote Originally Posted by ochre
    Because he's short JM. That's all they got.
    oh I hear you. And I think the guy was the Reds best starter last year.

    But what if they move him to the pen with the thought of moving him up to Cincy in Sept after Merker/Hammond/White/Weathers get sent packing?

    Just a thought

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    Re: Tyler Pelland on Lookouts roster, Calvin Medlock to bullpen

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcclain19
    oh I hear you. And I think the guy was the Reds best starter last year.

    But what if they move him to the pen with the thought of moving him up to Cincy in Sept after Merker/Hammond/White/Weathers get sent packing?

    Just a thought
    I suppose that's possible. I just prefer to develop starters until they absolutely prove that they can't start. Basham would have been an excellent choice for what you are suggesting by the way...

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