1. Johnny Cueto
2. Edinson Volquez (slightly behind Cueto)
3. Homer Bailey
But that could quickly change. Homer Bailey clearly has the stuff and talent to be an incredible pitcher, but right now he ranks behind Cueto and Volquez because of inconsistent command. If he improves that, and I believe he will, he'll most likely jump to the top of the list. I'm just happy to have three guys with this type of talent in the organization.
FWIW, I agree with FCB that the rotation will be in transition this season. My guess is one kid wins a rotation slot to start the season and a second will work his way in before the season ends, putting the third on a 2009 timetable (and not necessarily the start of 2009 either).
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.
I don't want Fogg or Affeldt in the rotation. Unfortunately, it wouldn't surprise me in the least to see both of them there.
Don't say I didn't tell you so come April
(All sarcasm aside, sad thing is, THAT rotation may be better than some of the rotations we've thrown out there this decade. Elmer Dessens for staff ace, anyone?)
There was a time, back in the 1960's and early '70's, when the Reds actually could develop starting pitchers. Unfortunately, Jim O'Toole, Gary Nolan, Don Gullett, and Wayne Simpson all burned out too early in their careers. It better to let some fruits ripen on the vine than to pick it too early. But, like Christmas presents always hidden in the same closet, it is very, very tempting...
Last edited by Spitball; 03-08-2008 at 06:10 PM.
"I am your child from the future. I'm sorry I didn't tell you this earlier." - Dylan Easton
I'm 37, and don't have saucer eyes for Bailey. What I do have for Bailey is the sense that the press and a good segment of this board need to chill out, let him see where he's at, and go from there. This very Cincinnati desire to create issues out of nothing and denigrate talent always makes me shake my head.
And, yes, there has been a silly rush to find and magnify flaws with Bailey. From Fay, to McCoy, to certain people on this board.
The known with Bailey:
1. He's considered extremely talented.
2. He's got good velocity and a sharp curve.
3. He's working on command and needs more of that.
4. He's apparently not uber-pleasant to talk to.
Of those four things, the most important is clearly #3. He will likely be asked to work on it in AAA. At the ripe old age of 21, it would appear he has plenty of time to realize his talent. I just don't get the rush to villify him that has pervaded discussions of him for a long time now.
Oh, and I am dead positive #4 doesn't mean a gosh darn thing.
Last edited by membengal; 03-08-2008 at 04:51 PM.
fearofpopvol1, could you maybe edit the title of this thread?
I think we should be able to do better than "Who do you got..."
"Is there a problem officers?"
My best guess with three weeks to go:
Cueto (my hunch based on the drool coming from his manager's mouth)
Belisle in long relief.
Affeldt in long relief too.
Bailey in AAA with Maloney.