He pitched on Tuesday and allowed one run on six hits in five innings with no walks and eight strikeouts. His updated Winter League line is as follows:
27 IP, 26 H, 6 BB, 30 K, 2.67 ERA
Im pretty sure hes going to have a great shot at making this years big league roster out of spring training.
Anyone else REALLY excited to see this kid in ST this spring?
Johnny Cueto (yes, his middle initial is B for Brent) is pitching very well in the Dominican Winter League. He's 4-1 with 2.84 ERA in six starts for Aguilas. He's allowed 31 hits in 31 2/3 innings. Most impressive: 37 strikeouts, seven walks.
Given that the Reds move slowly with young pitchers, I would not expect Cueto to make the club out of spring training. But he seems to be the kind of guy who adjusts to his playing level quickly.
Rick Sweet, the Louisville manager, just raved about the kid. Cueto pitches in the 90-92 range, but he'll throw one 96, 97 when he needs to. It's going to be interesting to see how the Reds handle him.
I am going to be extremely PO'd if Cueto comes up with an injury this season. He needs to be shut down NOW.
I'm starting to think this is a crash course in order to by-pass AAA. The only reason I can come up with, and its purely my own speculation, is that Cueto is going to be given every opportunity to jump straight to the Reds rotation.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Cueto's latest line: (Nov 28)
4.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K (no HR). He was the losing pitcher.
"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it."
Or bullpen, as training ground for the rotation.Cueto is going to be given every opportunity to jump straight to the Reds rotation.
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
1. It takes away developmental time for a specific pitch, as most pitchers in the bullpen are 2 pitch types. This doesn't apply to Cueto, as he has good feel for all of his pitches he throws.
2. The transition from bullpen back to starter mid season. I just don't like the idea of doing that to a top arm. 'Scrappy' veteran types I don't mind so much.