Cincinnati Reds’ ace Anthony DeSclafani again will miss some significant time for the upcoming season. DeSclafani has sprained his UCL in his right arm, the same arm that left him out for most of last year. The Reds said this will leave DeSclafani out for at least a month. It has been a struggle for him to stay on the mound and it has left the Reds in a tough spot.
With an already weak rotation, who can the Reds turn to for a starter? With only 2 spots locked up, Scott Feldman and Brandon Finnegan, it is certainly a wide open competition.
Bronson Arroyo who has experience in Cincinnati already, could make the rotation. He has command and control of the strike zone and can get a batter out in multiple ways. Manger Bryan Pryce also noted that his velocity had a tick up from his time in Arizona, where he was injured. Arroyo had been throwing around 83 MPH in Arizona and during his last start, he threw around 87 MPH. The case for Arroyo is a compelling one. He and Pryce are very close and he appears to be healthy once again. However the knock against Bronson Arroyo is his past injuries, especially within the last two years.
Cody Reed is another one who could get the spot that DeSclafani had. He has a fastball that reaches 97 MPH and a plus slider. Reed will need to go through some rough patches to gain experience but Cincinnati tried that last year. He looked lost last year and had a 7.00+ ERA. He never found control and got sent to the minors. The Reds need him to step his game up. He has the potential but he just needs to reach it.
Robert Stephenson could also be an option for Cincinnati. Stephenson has the potential to become an ace. With a fastball that touches 100 MPH, the former first rounder has the stuff. He came up last year and at time looked like a good building block. But then May came along and Stephenson forgot how to pitch. He couldn’t find the strike zone and the Reds demoted him. He needs to gain experience and learn the ways of the game. Just not by embarrassing himself night in and night out.
DeSclafani’s injury will be a hard one to get back from. With Homer Bailey already out, Cincinnati couldn’t afford to lose another starter in the rotation. Bryan Pryce will have his work cut out for him to start the 2017 season.