I wasn't sure what to name this thread, but here's my question. The Reds have over the last two years accumulated quite a number of young pitchers either here or in the minors.
Currently on the ML roster, the pitchers under the age of thirty are
Bray, Burton, Coutlangus, Belisle, Majewski, Harrang & Gosling.
At Louisville, every pitcher except Victor Santos and Ricky Stone (neither of whom are prospects) are under the age of thirty. Among those who have been with the big club this year are:
Coffey, Dumatrait, Ramierez, McBeth, Saarloos, Salmon & Bailey (DL).
Not with the Reds at all this year: Pelland, Maloney & Gardner.
Some of these pitchers have had uneven years, in fact, most have. The reason for my thread title "Can They Learn?" (or perhaps "Can They Be Taught?") is that I wonder what the Reds can do to step up the learning curve.
Many of these pitchers have some very raw talent. Some here would argue that quite a few have reached their pinnacle and can get no better. I'm not sure I buy that, but the critical question again, in my mind, is how do we teach these pitchers to be better, smarter, get the most out of the talent they do have.
I'm sure those who know baseball history can speak of pitchers from years past who started with fairly pedestrian stuff and ultimately developed good, productive careers. Perhaps some that means moving to the bullpen, others becoming more effective starters.
One former player that comes to mind is Tommy Hume who started out both starting and relieving. He had some horrific times, even to the point of acquiring the nickname "Boom Boom Hume". He was never stellar, but in the middle of his career he wasn't too bad a pitcher.
Two other Reds who come to mind, who developed once pretty decent careers once they arrived in Cincinnati (albeit on the BRM teams) were Fred Norman & Jack Billingham.
I'd like to hear about others, but more so, I'd like to hear what the Reds need to do to kick these pitchers up a notch, as Emeril would say.