Nice work by Bronson Arroyo and Johnny Cueto (who just may make this team out of spring training) today; typical crap from Mike Stanton, David Weathers (he was so unreliable in his first stint with the Reds that one decent season — and last year wasn’t bad, for him — isn’t going to keep me from being skeptical), and Kent Mercker.

With respect to Cueto, though, I’m interested in hearing what you guys think. If Cueto pitches well this spring, should he go north with the big club, even if he doesn’t make the rotation, i.e., if he is in long relief?

My initial thought is yes, but I can’t say that I know what is best for his development. Good arguments on both sides of that issue.

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13 Responses

  1. Brian

    He needs to pitch. If he is up or down, he has to pitch on a regular basis. More than anything else, that’s what worries me about Baker. Bruce, Bailey, Cueto, and Votto need to play. I fear some of them will make the majors and then sit, and that is worthless. Put Bailey and Cueto on an inning limit for the season, wherever they are, and play Bruce and Votto five times a week for the Reds. We know what Freel and Hatteberg can do, let’s find out what the new guys can do with time to show it.

  2. Kerm

    I say let him pitch with the big league club if he continues to perform. If he is a guy that gives you a real chance to win I would hate to see him “season” his great season in the minors.
    It was kind of driving me crazy today listening to Marty and Jeff talk about how a guy like Mercker really adds a great energy to the locker room and that should be taken into account when deciding who is on the roster. While a guys attitude could be a factor that helps him get over the hump, why should we block a guy like Cueto who could really contribute now? I say lets get some energy to go hand in hand with a youth movement and see what happens in a weak NL central.

  3. Ron

    In my opinion you take the best arms available. If not in the rotation then he & Volquez can work out of the pen. Its time to stop wasting roster spot on “has-beens and never-weres.”

  4. preach

    Nothing ‘adds energy to a locker room’ like raw talent and a few wins. I haven’t seen Cueto pitch, nor have I had the opportunity to listen to any of the Spring so far, so I can’t make a judgement call. I have, however, heard a lot of games played by Kent Mercker, and he is nothing more than a one or two hitter specialist at this point. There seem to be so many promising young arms and younger vets like Affeldt and Fogg, that I don’t think we can afford to keep someone on staff for that purpose right now. I like Weathers, but I am skeptical as to how much gas is in the tank as well. I still think he should be here, but he is much more a one batter pitcher than ever, so it doesn’t give us room for much more than that. If the choice is Cueto or Mercker, that’s easy. Play the kid.

  5. Y-City Jim

    There is a saying “that if you do what you have always done then you will get what you always got.” If the Reds continue to lean on old tired arms like Stanton and Merker they will continue to lose ball games that they would otherwise win.

  6. Dave from Louisville

    First, I think only one of EV, Bailey, and Cueto can be in the bullpen and pitching in long relief.

    I’d like to see Belisle, Fogg, and Bailey with EV in long relief.

    Cueto and Maloney need time in AAA, combined they have less than 50 IP in AAA and that was at the end of the year when most AAA studs are at the big dance. Same goes for Roienicke. I love the fact that we have so many young guys but you can’t rush them.

    I like watching the young guys but a team full of rookies will not win, and will likely stunt their development. Krivsky and Baker know what their doing.

  7. doug

    I think it depends on what happens with the rest of the rotation. If Edinson Volquez pitches decently but does not make the rotation, he should be in the bullpen pitching long relief. If that means Cueto to AAA, then good. I think he could use some time in AAA anyways. Cueto worries me a little bit with his fly ball tendencies in our ballpark and its generally a result of him not keeping his fastball down. Its something I think he should work on if he is going to pitch in GABP.

  8. CeeKeR

    I think it’s great the Reds finally have some legitimate young pitching talent – now they just have to manage all that talent correctly.

    Personally, I believe that Cueto, Bailey, and Volquez have a shot at the rotation (not that I think all three will make it however). If two make it, stick the third in long relief. However, if only one of the three makes it, you can only have so many long relievers so the “extra” pitcher probably would be better served to be in AAA…at least until someone goes down with the inevitable injury.

  9. Y-City Jim

    From Fay article:

    “Bruce being in the lineup would put the two players most suitable for leading off – Norris Hopper and Ryan Freel – on the bench.”

    Why are they the most suitable?

  10. Y-City Jim

    Whoops! I meant to put that elsewhere!

  11. Mark in CC

    Weathers did a good job last year I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt but it is time for the lefthanded HGH boys to go.

    It is interesting to note that Cueto is actually 3 months older than Homer Bailey so if Homer is mature enough Johnny should be too.

  12. Bill

    I don’t want the bullpen loaded with young arms for long relief, there won’t be enough work to go around. But one would be ok…

  13. Josh

    Maturity isn’t always found in age but experience. Cueto hasn’t pitched as much at the higher levels like Homer. That said, if he’s ready he’s ready.

    I’d like to see one of the “big three” in the rotation with one more in long relief. Send the other one to AAA for seasoning and get him poised for a mid year call up. Not to exclude Maloney from the discussion, but I’d like to see him start in AAA as well.