On another team
He'll start at AAA, but he won't be there long, I wouldn't think.
Plan your staff like he's not going to be there; ie- bring in a FA pitcher, a #2-3 type to add to Harang and Arroyo.
If Homer's tearing it up again, or if (when) someone goes down, bring him up in May or early June. Because I think he'll struggle a little bit right away, but having most of the season in front of him will give him time to get settled and adjust.
By the end of 2007, he's at least the Reds #3 starter, IMO.
Krivsky said in the booth the other night that he'll probably start in Louisville... he feels AAA is very important in a player's development.
"Enjoy this Reds fans, you are watching a legend grow up before your very eyes" ... DoogMinAmo on Adam Dunn
I couldn't possibly care less if he's not with the big club, where he should be. He can be washing cars for all I care. He's got nothing to learn at AAA or AA.
I believe they'll start him at AAA, and go from there.
But success at AA, and vs AA hitting is not a guarantee of success vs ML level hitting. Big difference IMO.
He'll be up here soon enough.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
It all depends on how he pitches in Spring Training. Jerry wanted him called up this year. K would have a hard time telling Jerry "no" again if Homer kicks butt in Florida.
Not this year...maybe a Wild Card
If his change is down, then he should start the year at AAA and get proficient at working deeper into ballgames and retiring better hitters. AAA would be a tune-up stop for him where he can get some experience facing guys with ML service time before making the jump up to the show.
If his change isn't down, then he needs to repeat AA and learn to throw it for strikes. He can't get by as a big-league starter with just two pitches -- he'll kill his arm trying to put everything on his fastball if he thinks that is the only weapon he has against hitters.
23 Years and Counting...
Those might be good to learn in the minor leagues. I vote AA. He needs to be as dominant as he was, but pitching deeper into the game. AA is a good place to do that.
Suck it up cupcake.
What are you, people? On dope? - Mr Hand
Second, the Marlins slashed payroll to the extreme. A 15 million dollar payroll. Really, other than Willis, who is under contract, the Fish didn't want a name FA pitcher.
The starters for the Fish persevered despite the fact they were likely rushed a bit, not because of it.
Suck it up cupcake.