News: MLB.com reports that Edinson Volquez has all but locked up a rotation slot as the Reds fifth starter despite the fact that manager Dusty Baker refuses to announce it. "It's not set yet -- we still have some action," Baker said. "It's pretty set -- except for that fifth spot, basically. I hate to tell young kids that they're [in] there too soon, in case something happens and you have to go back on your word for whatever reason. Plus, you want to keep them motivated and driven through Spring Training." Analysis: Volquez pitched two scoreless innings of relief on Thursday vs. the Twins. "[On Thursday], he actually went two, simply because he was going on one day short of rest in order to get things in sync for the rotation," Baker said. That sounds pretty promising for Volquez, who will now become a worthy addition in NL-only play. He's even a good sleeper pick in mixed formats for his strikeout potential.
weird because i thought fogg and belisle were fighting for the 5th and volquez and cueto were 3 and 4 .
News: Two young Reds pitchers have passed Homer Bailey: 22-year-old Johnny Cueto and 24-year-old Edinson Volquez, obtained from Texas in the Josh Hamilton trade, have won the third and fourth spots. Asked if it would be a big disappointment if he started the season at Triple-A, Bailey said, "No, not really. Obviously I would be wanting to go to Louisville and do whatever it takes to get back. But to see how well Johnny and Volquez have been throwing, they've definitely shown what they can do and they've definitely shown they can pitch at this level." MLB.com reports Dusty Baker isn't ready to formally announce it, because they want the two young arms to keep working hard in the final week-plus of spring training.
Just caught this on CBS...good news for Cueto gamblers!
Q: Which pick do you think will prove to be your best value?
A: Johnny Cueto in the last round could be a pretty slick bargain, and I'm pretty happy getting Billy Butler as late as I did.
Editor's note: Since Cueto has not yet been added to the Yahoo! game (he will be when he officially makes the Reds' roster), we allowed Jeff to draft his rights &ndash' we were in a gracious mood, for some reason.
Prior to this I hadn't heard of Cueto, but Volquez used to be part of that DVD trio the rangers had ( Danks, Volquez, and Diamond?) anyway, I love me some pitchers with strikeout potential, although the wins may be hard to come by. Two great sleepers!
"I hope he arouses the fire that's dormant in the innermost recesses of my soul." --Ichiro Suzuki on Dice-K
News: SP Johnny Cueto, who had been the hit of the Reds camp this spring, fell apart Sunday against the Rays. Having already earned the No. 3 spot in the rotation, he didn't look ready for the responsibility. Cueto retired only two of the 10 batters he faced in the first inning, when Tampa Bay scored five times and chased him after only 19 minutes. He allowed three hits and five walks, striking out no one. He stood on the mound next to manager Dusty Baker after being removed, then yanked off his cap while heading to the bench. "Gonna be a long year, Dusty," one fan yelled.
Cueto finally stumbled a bit vs. the Rays...hopefully this is just a speed bump. He is already slated to start 4/3 v. ARI (Doug Davis) according to CBS.