Rotation’s youth movement is here
When Jon Moscot debuted for the Reds in Friday’s loss to the Padres, he became the fourth rookie pitcher to start this season for the club. Moscot joined Michael Lorenzen, Anthony DeSclafani and the currently-on-the-DL Raisel Iglesias.
These pitchers will have to learn on the job while trying to give the Reds a chance to win games.
“We have tabbed these four guys that are with us now, even though Iglesias is on the disabled list, really as the future of our starting rotation (and) perhaps our bullpen,” Reds manager Bryan Price said on Saturday. “I think that sometimes you have to settle into the big league level before your role is defined but heading into this season we felt like all four of those that are up with us now, DeSclafani, Lorenzen, Iglesias and Moscot were destined to be part of our starting rotation. It’s come a little bit sooner then we anticipated but we embrace it and it’s a great opportunity to learn and get better. We’re not really going go baby steps, we’re going to ask these guys to go out there and do what we expect and that’s to keep themselves in games, compete, learn and pitch innings. So we’re all excited about it.
“It’s an interesting mix because we have more of a veteran group of position players and a much younger starting rotation then we anticipated. But having [Johnny] Cueto, [Mike] Leake and Homer Bailey here certainly provides some leadership for the young guys as well.”
Price was asked if the idea of a youth movement suggested the team was already looking ahead to next year instead of playing for 2015. He did not believe that to be the case.
“Well, we’re playing with what we have,” Price replied. “We knew that the limitations we had were that we had to make some roster adjustments for some payroll flexibility which led to some of the off-season moves. And it also created some opportunities for these young guys when needed to come in and pitch, but we knew this was our fall back. We are seeing our fall back position right now, and that’s seeing our young pitchers up here sooner then we anticipated. So we can look at it any way we choose to. I choose to look at it as a positive, as that these guys have a great veteran team behind them. We have one of the best defensive teams in the National League, if not in baseball, behind this group of young starting pitchers. We have to see that as a positive, not just for next year but for this year.”