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    Asaadorian listed as RHP in Media Guide...

    I guess it's happening
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    Re: Asaadorian listed as RHP in Media Guide...

    when i was in sarasota a couple weeks ago, i saw him throwing in the bullpen.
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    Re: Asaadorian listed as RHP in Media Guide...

    Interesting to see where he starts. My guess is Sarasota.
    The lowest acceptable payroll amount for ownership to show they are not greedy pigs is 15 million more than they are currently paying. No matter what that currently is.

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    Re: Asaadorian listed as RHP in Media Guide...

    Hope he goes all Coutlangus on us.
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    Re: Asaadorian listed as RHP in Media Guide...

    Give it to me straight guys, who is he?

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    Re: Asaadorian listed as RHP in Media Guide...

    Asadoorian is a former outfielder in the Reds system. He was a 1st round pick in 1999. He was traded for two Reds in his time, Dustin Hermanson and Estaban Yan before we took him in the 2004 Minor League Rule 5 draft. He had a career .689 OPS in the minors, and last season pitched 4 innings of relief for the Lookouts, allowed 4 hits, no walks and struck out 7. He was apparently throwing in the mid 90s.

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    Re: Asaadorian listed as RHP in Media Guide...

    Former 1st round OF bust. Always had a good arm and even pitched sparingly last year in blowouts and did quite well.

    his hope as a position player was over, and there may still be a slim chance of being a major leaguer with the positional switch.

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    Re: Asaadorian listed as RHP in Media Guide...

    If you can strike out 7 AA hitters in 4 innings without a walk, without even working as a pitcher, you obviously have something special. In his case I assume it's a fastball. If he can find another pitch he could be a factor very soon.

    Chattanooga's pitching coach said his appearances were just as impressive in person as they were in the box score.
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    Re: Asaadorian listed as RHP in Media Guide...

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    If he can find another pitch he could be a factor very soon.

    Chattanooga's pitching coach said his appearances were just as impressive in person as they were in the box score.
    Word has it he was up in the 94-95 MPH range with his fastball. With that kind of velocity, he could probably make it to the bigs just by adding a change and some type of splitter.

    I wouldn't even bother teaching him a curveball.
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    Re: Asaadorian listed as RHP in Media Guide...

    With that kind of velocity, he could probably make it to the bigs just by adding a change and some type of splitter.
    Even the change is optional if he can develop a reliable breaking pitch.

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    Re: Asaadorian listed as RHP in Media Guide...

    The Reds have had pretty good luck the last two times they tried this with Coutlangus (although his switch was before he became a Red) and Shackelford. I wonder why Mark Schramek never went that route?

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    Re: Asaadorian listed as RHP in Media Guide...

    I think I read somewhere that Asadoorian wanted to prolong the switch to pitching as long as possible in an effort to preserve his arm. I interpreted it as, "He wants to be 100% sure he will not be a Major League outfielder before he tries becoming a pitcher."

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    Re: Asaadorian listed as RHP in Media Guide...

    He certainly has the bat to be a pitcher.

    In 1999, the Reds picked Ty Howington in round 1. princeton cyberdrafted Aasadoorian. I cyber-drafted Mike MacDougal.

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    Re: Asaadorian listed as RHP in Media Guide...

    Quote Originally Posted by 15fan View Post
    He certainly has the bat to be a pitcher.
    As princeton once said "The only thing he knows about pitching is that he can't hit it."
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    Re: Asaadorian listed as RHP in Media Guide...

    Former Lookouts Outfielder, Rick Asadoorian, Shifts to The Pitcher's Mound

    by Tim Evearitt
    posted March 28, 2007

    Last year manager Jayhawk Owens called upon Rick Asadoorian, a #1 draft pick in 1999 (Boston) and an outfielder, to pitch in relief when the Lookouts were hopelessly behind in games. Asadoorian lit up the radar gun and showed exceptional control for a non-pitcher.

    If Rick Ankiel (St. Louis Cardinals) can move from being a pitcher to an outfield prospect, why can't Asadoorian move from the outfield to the pitcher's mound?

    It's happened before with positive results.

    Longtime Chattanooga fans (1991, 1992) recall that Trevor Hoffman did the same thing. He put down his infielder's glove and took up pitching. The Reds' traded Hoffman to the San Diego Padres, and Hoffman now holds the Major League record for saves.

    Asadoorian, who has been in the Reds organization since December 2004 as an outfielder, has officially switched over to a pitcher.

    Last season he pitched mop up duties in a total of four innings, allowing 4 hits, 0 walks, 0 runs and had 7 strikeouts. He was hitting the mid 90s on the radar gun… not bad for an outfielder.

    No word yet on where he will start but probably at low-A Dayton.

    http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_104411.asp


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