Doing some research on some of the Reds' lesser known prospects, paying particular attention to starting pitching, and this guy jumped out at me as someone to be optimistic about.
This kid will be 24 in February. He has good size for a pitcher at 6-4, 195. BA Ranks him as having the best slider in the system. He split 2011 between High A and Low A with most of it in High A. Overall he threw 135.2 innings in 17 starts (29 appearances). He had a combined ERA of 3.45 with a BABIP in the normal range (.310 in his 111+ IP at A+). His peripherals were pretty strong with 10 K/9 and 0.7 HR/9. Only his walks were a little high at 3.7/9, but they aren't really terrible.
In 2012 he should start out in the AA rotation and should be positioned to go 160 to 170 innings. He'll be going to what should be an easier place to pitch and I could easily see him moving up to AAA before the season is out (especially given the collection of journeyman coming off poor performances who appear to be slated for the AAA rotation) with possibly a stint in the AFL after its over. In an upper minors that looks pretty thin as far as starting pitchers go, I see this kid as a ray of hope who may be in the mix in 2013.
Does anybody have any info on him beyond the basic stuff listed here. How is his fastball? Does he have a change or some other third pitch to go with his FB and Slider? Any info on his maturity level and pitching smarts? Has he ever had any arm problems? The kid seems like a prospect to me. Based on just this information, he's in my top 20. I could easily be wrong though.
Any info would be great.