It looks like the Reds hopes ride high on some young arms who "simply" need to gain command of their stuff to bring out heir great potential. Bailey, Volquez, and Burton all have high ceilings and great stuff. In the minors Ty Pelland, Lotzkar, Smit, and Ravin just to name a few, have good to great stuff but all have issues with being able to harness it.
So, my question is -what are the factors that go into "command"? Are they mental? Physical? Mechanics? Neuro-physiological? Why do some guys sem to have good command all along and some, who may have better raw stuff, never seem to be able to get their pitches to strike where they want?
Is this a learnable skill or something acquired through simply grinding it out until it "clicks"? If it's purely a mechanical issue then why don't more pitchers acquire enough command to be effective? If you tour the minors there are arms in every system that make you do a double take but most will never see the light of day in the ML because of health or command.
What is everyone's opinion? Is this really coachable or do you just hope you have a guy who can either has it innately or can stay healthy long enough for it to just develop? Why is the su cess percentage of hard throwing young pitchers, even those who stay healthy, so low?
Are the Reds really horrible at coaching this or just historically bad at picking pitchers who project (is eventual command even projectible) to someday harness their stuff? Sems like the Reds through the years have had some guys who threw as hard and had about as good "stuff" as any teams but never "blossomed" -and most, to my memory were that ol' command issue.