I would just like to take the time to point out that I am a huge fan of Jared Burton. Major props to Wayne Krivsky for stealing Burton from the A's organization. I really like this kid. He's a big strong kid with great stuff. Yeah he is still a little wild, but I don't really mind that out of my closer. Hey, it worked for Scott Williamson. This kid has three very good pitches from what I can see - a fastball that can touch 95 mph, a slider, and a changeup. IMO he has a chance to be a closer someday for the Reds.
Here are his stats so far this year:
8 IP, 5 H, 5 BB, 8 K, 1.25 WHIP, 2.25 ERA, 9.0 K/9
And here are his numbers since returning from the DL:
7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 0.97 WHIP, 2.50 ERA, 10. K/9
His control has been better since his major league debut when he couldn't find the plate against the Cubs. I really like this kid. Krivsky found a gem IMO.