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Matt Maloney and other young pitchers

As most of you know, Maloney was the bounty we recieved for Kyle Lohse back at the deadline. At the time, I was somewhat unhappy with the deal because I believed we could've gotten more, but Maloney has thus far made that look like an excellent deal.

Maloney is a 6-4 lefty with a fastball in the upper-80s and a plus breaking ball and change. His control is decent but not outstanding, and he does not do a very good job of keeping the ball on the ground, allowing a fairly high amount of homers with a groundball percentage easily under 50%.

Despite this fairly pedestrian scouting report, Maloney's already decent numbers absolutely took off once the Reds dealt for him. In 45 innings over 7 starts between AA and AAA, Maloney allowed 27 hits, 9 walks, and had a whopping 62 strikeouts. That's a WHIP of .80 and a K/9 up near 13. Small sample size or not, those are some absolutely ridiculous numbers. He still allowed too many homers (6 in 45 innings), but he flashed some really badass numbers. It's not really backed up by scouting reports, but I'm significantly more hopeful that he can be a #4 starter now than I was when we dealt for him.

Personally, I think the smartest thing for next year would be to have a starting rotation of Harang, Arroyo, Bailey, Cueto, and Maloney right out of spring training. It would have growing pains, but it has the ability there to be absolutely outstanding. We might as well get it some experience.

Bullpen-wise to start next year, I'd like to see Bray, Majewski (well, like to see is an overstatement with him), Coutlangus, Burton, Roenicke, Viola, and Weathers. Screw the old guys, I wanna see these young power arms. This is not a team that is very likely to contend next year, so we might as well make use of it as a growth year like the Tigers did a few years ago. I am presently pumped about this team's pitching future, and that's a pretty rare thing indeed.

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