I don't even know how to ask the question I want to ask but I'll give it a shot. Does Maloney have the capability to become a good ML pitcher for the Reds?
I don't even know if that was the question. Maybe it's more, what would it take for him to get over the hump and pitch in the bigs?
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I think he does. He would have growing pains but he could be successful. There are plenty of MLB pitchers that don't have overpowering fastballs. Most of those guys don't have the control with the curve that Maloney has. He just needs a catcher that would call a good game for him.
Matt Maloney: Like Roemer, Matt Maloney is having success in 2009 despite non-sexy numbers. The 25-year-old southpaw has now spent parts of three seasons in triple-A but has yet to receive a call-up to the Majors because of the Redsí pitching depth. This season, Maloney has walked just seven batters in more than 50 innings of work and heís struck out 41 (7.19 K/9) so he deserves a look in the near future. With a repertoire that includes a fastball that works in the high 80s (and tops out around 91-92), as well as a plus changeup and two average breaking balls, Maloney has more than enough to survive as a solid No. 4 starter in the National League.
I miss Adam Dunn.
I saw that changeup the other day in his start and it did look good for sure. I think he really does have a good shot at being a solid pitcher in the majors. 4.50 ERA and not kill you with short outings.
Parks can make guys better or worse, but guys who get more grounders are likely to be more successful than guys who get more flyballs given same rates in walks and strikeouts.
I grant that every team prefers ground ball pitchers and power arms. Every team would like to have hitters with sufficient power to clear the bases in any park. The number of such players are limited, however, especially to small market teams. Most ML players have a wart or two. Lets try it this way.
Team A plays in a hitter's park and has a pitcher that gives up a relatively high number of fly ball HR's.
Team B plays in a large park and has a hitter who records a relatively high number of long outs.
Would it not be in the best interests of both teams to exchange players? Wouldn't each player have more value playing half of his games in the other team's park?
It's the same reason it would make sense for the Reds to pay less for lesser power because you don't need say Dunns raw power to hit 40 HR's (or in the neighborhood) in GABP or the NL Central Parks IMO.
Last edited by Mario-Rijo; 05-28-2009 at 06:32 PM.
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