Michael Lorenzen is one of the most likable Reds, having delivered one of the few endearing moments of the rebuild, donating significant time to charity, and having a good amount of success on the field. That field success has come in several different forms. He has shown promise as both a hitter and a pitcher, […]

The 2017 and 2018 seasons are supposed to be about sorting the roster, especially the pitching staff. After two years of washed-up veterans and future Korean league players, the Reds are finally starting pitchers who might improve the team’s fortunes. But, as is usually the case, these young hurlers have taken us on a bumpy […]

Late last season, the Reds starting pitching situation looked promising. They had an abundance of young, talented pitchers ready to resuscitate a rotation that was on life support from a couple years of either pitchers past their prime (Bronson Arroyo) or castoffs from other organizations (Asher Wojciechowski, Lisalverto Bonilla, Tim Adleman, etc.). The new-found health […]

In the classic film Good Will Hunting, the title character and his friends get into a fight on a basketball court with another group of young men. Will slugs his adversary in the face, vengeance for the way this individual treated Will when they were both in elementary school. The police come, and Will ill-advisedly […]

We know that starters are more valuable and harder to come by than relievers. Starters pitch more innings than their bullpen compadres and must face a lineup multiple times. Because of these factors, starters often have a different skillset than relievers. When evaluating whether a pitcher should be a starter or reliever, I like to […]

Baseball fans tend to forget just how hard this game is at the highest level. We expect prospects that succeed in the minors to transition to the Major Leagues seamlessly. That doesn’t happen often. A pitcher’s development is rarely linear. He may have several peaks and valleys in a short period of time or struggle […]

During Spring Training, we tend to do two things without fail: give in to unbridled optimism and overanalyzed individual performances. We gravitate toward players who play well and convince ourselves they have “figured it out” or “taken the next step”. On some occasions, they really have. However, as Steve has pointed out on multiple game […]

The Reds expect their rotation to improve in 2018 and how could they not. This season, the Reds gave 46 combined starts to Lisalverto Bonilla, Bronson Arroyo, Tim Adelman, and Asher Wojciechowski. Next year, they expect to pitch only guys who may have a future as starters with the team. A couple of weeks ago, […]

A Major League mound can be a place of solace for a pitcher; a safe haven where everything makes sense regardless of the chaos off it. And yet, even with thousands of people intently watching your every move, that same mound can be a place of extreme loneliness and confusion. Sometimes, it’s easy to see […]

“I’m really excited about the game,” my brother told me as we discussed which day he, my father, and I would be available. “I haven’t been to one all year.” I usually make it to two or three games a season these days; my poor brother, a die-hard Reds fan who lives in Michigan, gets […]

The Reds have seemingly come around to giving Michael Lorenzen another chance to start (C. Trent Rosecrans reporting), and after watching their current crop of young pitcher’s struggle, can you blame them? Lorenzen is a five-pitch pitcher who has proven he can get Major Leaguers out. Several of his peers – Cody Reed, Robert Stephenson, […]

If you missed the premise of this post, check out yesterday’s position player article. Essentially, you can protect five pitchers in the Reds organization from being picked in an expansion draft. Just because you don’t protect someone, doesn’t mean they are gone, just that they could be chosen by an expansion team. I write lots […]