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    Re: Zach Ward throws another gem

    I read the Dayton box scores for every single game, and while they don't list pitch counts, the vast majority of starters still only go five or six innings unless they're dominating. Ward and Fisher seem to have a very slightly longer leash because they're older. I seriously doubt any of the five Dragons starters have topped 100 pitches in a start in 2006, and even Johnny Cueto's two complete games were both seven-inning makeups.

    Tandem starters ruin results without protecting arms appreciably more than simple sensibility- get the guys out there pitching every fifth day for 90-100 pitches with a minimum of turnover where possible. The younger they are, the quicker the hook. It seems to be working quite well so far.

    It doesn't seem like it would make much difference to be throwing 90 pitches every fifth day versus 75 every fourth, but the former does a much better job of preventing the pitchers from having to make adjustments from a schedule they'd been following in their careers pre-long-season ball. Adjusting to a higher/professional level is tough enough.

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    doc, here are the innings pitched per game. now obviously the argument can be made last years are lower do to relief app, but it just shows more how the system was stupid


    Ramires - 3.8
    Bailey - 3.7
    Vazquez - 3.4
    George - 2.8
    Bohorquez - 2.0
    Stott - 1.8
    Fisher - 5.7
    Ward - 5.5
    Cueto - 5.4
    Wood - 5.0
    so every time out, this years guys are getting about 2 more innings of work. just makes last years system look so stupid when you have a guy like bailey pitching less that 4 innings per appearance. thats a great way to develope pitchers

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    Zach Ward Off To Hot Start In Reds` Organization By GWUSports.com Staff 6/19/2006 12:48:00 PM

    DAYTON, Ohio – Despite being left off the roster for the upcoming Midwest League All-Star Game, Dayton Dragons’ hurler and Gardner-Webb product Zach Ward is as hot as any pitcher in the league heading into the break.

    Ward, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound righthander, was rated the Cincinnati Reds’ No. 10 prospect heading into the 2006 season – his first as a pro – and has lived up to the preseason billing. The Kannapolis, N.C., native won again on Sunday night with 7.0 innings pitched, 11 ground balls, seven strikeouts and just one run allowed to push his record to an unblemished 6-0 for the Class A Dragons.

    Ward was the Reds’ third-round selection in last June’s draft (90th overall pick).

    Through 11 starts (13 total appearances), Ward is a dominant 6-0 with a 2.98 ERA, just one home run allowed and 66 strikeouts in 71.2 innings of work. His opponents are batting a frigid .196 against him this season, with an average of 11 ground ball outs per start leading the Reds’ minor league system. Ward’s WHIP ratio (walks-plus-hits, divided by innings pitched) of 0.98 ranks among the Midwest League leaders, as does his opponent batting average.

    Since struggling with his command in April, Ward has been as dominant as any pitcher in the Reds’ farm system. In his work since May 1, 2006 (50.2 innings pitched), Ward has a 2.48 ERA with 55 strikeouts, just 11 walks and 31 hits allowed. He has rolled 71 ground ball outs during that stretch, an amazing average of 12.6 per nine innings pitched. His WHIP ratio is an eye-popping 0.82 since May 1.

    Baseball America included Ward for consideration on its popular minor league Prospect Hot List on June 12.

    Dayton (35-35) has now won six straight after Ward’s Sunday dominance.

    During his career at Gardner-Webb, Ward finished as the Diamond ‘Dogs’ career and single-season leader in strikeouts, and won 17 decisions in three seasons. He was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America selection for GWU in 2003, and earned first-team All-Atlantic Sun Conference honors on the mound as a sophomore in 2004.

    http://www.gwusports.com/story.asp?R...13&story=71426
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    Re: Zach Ward throws another gem

    Quote Originally Posted by NewEraReds
    doc, here are the innings pitched per game. now obviously the argument can be made last years are lower do to relief app, but it just shows more how the system was stupid

    so every time out, this years guys are getting about 2 more innings of work. just makes last years system look so stupid when you have a guy like bailey pitching less that 4 innings per appearance. thats a great way to develope pitchers
    Now, be careful and put it in perspective. I'm sure the Mets thought they were "building arm strength" when they overworked Paul Wilson, Jason Isringhausen, and Bill Pulsipher back in the mid-nineties. Those three all worked 150-200 innings a year for several years in the minors, and all three blew out their arms. That two of them had any kind of big-league career at all is a surprise.

    So it is not good on its own that more innings are being pitched. As in all things, a balance.

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    Re: Zach Ward throws another gem

    It doesn't hurt that you throw in College arms like Ward or Fisher along with a polished arm from south of the border along with a HS prospect with a good change.


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