He just keeps getting better. How long can they keep him in AA? Thanks for answering the velocity question Doug...
It would be nice to have a couple of decent LH's in between Cueto, Volquez and Bailey going into the future. If I'm the Reds I do one of two things with him... Go the untouchable route. Keep him with the chance he turned the corner and now youve got something special or sell him high and trade him to Texas, Phily or Atlanta as part of the Arroyo/Harang deal to amp up the return.
I say go untouchable personally. Who was the last quality LH starter we developed through our system? Browning? He's young and talented - always has been and he is cheap. Hard to let that go IMO.
I thank both of you for the info. He seems to be very advanced as a true "pitcher" to be only 22. The Reds appear to be doing a much better job of developing their minor league pitchers compared to the days of Howington, Gruler, Basham, Pauley, Gardner, and Gillman.
Simply put, there's no need or reason to rush him. It isn't like the team is in desperate need of starting pitching help in the upper minors or at the big league level. Let the kid see the same teams a few times, hopefully dominate a level, and be ready for AAA at 23. He's already on a fine timetable as it is.
24 Years and Counting...
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
And for his value to remain high he needs to dominate AA. Prospects have value to the big league club in a variety of ways.
Raisel Ghul, the Demon's Head
Another dominant start tonight by Travis Wood: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K ... He walked the first batter of the game, then retired the next 20 batters before losing the no-hitter on a soft line drive single with two outs in the seventh inning. IIRC, this is about the third time Travis has carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning.
Wood now has an amazing 1.11 ERA in 81 innings, while allowing only 50 hits (1 HR) with a 31 BB/69 K ratio. He's making tremendous progress. As I mentioned earlier in this thread, as the year has went on he's walking less hitters and striking out more. He has a 22 BB/60 K ratio in his last 10 starts (65.1 IP) and a 9 BB/48 K ratio in his last seven starts (48.1 IP).
It looks to me like Travis Wood leads all of the minor leagues in ERA at 1.11 while his teammate Zach Stewart is fifth in ERA at 1.51. Amazing. What a 1-2 punch.
I miss Adam Dunn.
And you are right... Wood and Stewart are quite the tandem at the top of that pitching staff. In fact, the entire Carolina team is a hell of a lot of fun to follow right now with all the prospects that are down there.
I'm sure I could find this on my own, but I'm admittedly being lazy.
What year was Wood drafted and what round?
Wood was lights-out good his first year in the minors... then struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness... and is now back to his stud-like form.
I remember after the Reds drafted him in the second round and he tore it up early, we thought we had a steal. Then everyone kind of forgot about him until this year.