Friday, January 13, 2012

Day Two: The All-Region Reds Team

Today marks day two of our series highlighting current MLBers who hail from hometowns located in (or near) Reds country. As we continue our quest to assemble the best 25-man roster possible, we now turn out attention toward the bullpen.

In case you didn't get a chance to view yesterday's initial post, here is some info to help better detail what we're trying to accomplish here:

The main goal in making this squad is to only choose players who come from within the geographical reach of Cincinnati, but without crossing too much into the regions of other MLB franchises (sincere apologies to the Indians, Cardinals, Pirates, Orioles, or Braves if I did).

The following is the general criteria I used when assembling the roster:
**The player(s) must currently be active in the MLB ranks
**The player(s) must have either been born, raised, attended high school or attended a university in any of the following states: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, or Tennessee.
**The player(s) must demonstrate excellence at their respective position
**The player(s)' age and potential were also taken into consideration

So, without further ado here is what the (somewhat) homegrown Reds bullpen would look like:


Jeff Samardzija RP Chicago Cubs
Hometown: Merrilville, IN
College: University of Notre Dame
2011 stats: 8-4, 2.97 ERA, 75 GP, 8.9 SO/9
Career stats (4 years): 12-9, 4.40 ERA, 1.503 WHIP, 1.42 K/BB


Sean Marshall RP Cincinnati Reds
Hometown: Richmond, VA
College: Virginia Commonwealth University
2011 stats: 6-6, 2.26 ERA, 1.097 WHIP, 78 GP, 4.65 K/BB
Career stats (6 years): 32-40, 3.96 ERA, 1.330 WHIP, 7.5 SO/9


Jon Rauch RP New York Mets
Hometown: Louisville, KY
College: Morehead State University
2011 stats: 5-4, 4.85 ERA, 53 GP, 1.346 WHIP
Career stats (9 years): 39-31, 3.82 ERA, 2.61 K/BB, 1.250 WHIP


Bill Bray RP Cincinnati Reds
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
College: William & Mary
2011 stats: 5-3, 2.98 ERA, 79 GP, 1.076 WHIP, 8.2 SO/9
Career stats: 13-12, 3.67 ERA, 2.45 K/BB, 8.6 SO/9


Scott Downs RP Los Angeles Angels
Hometown: Louisville, KY
College: University of Kentucky
2011 stats: 6-3, 1.34 ERA, 1.006 WHIP, 60 GP
Career stats (10 years): 33-31, 3.58 ERA, 2.16 K/BB


Tyler Clippard RP Washington Nationals
Hometown: Lexington, KY
2011 stats: 3-0, 1.83 ERA, 0.838 WHIP, 10.6 SO/9
Career stats (5 years): 22-12, 2.96 ERA, 1.144 WHIP, 2.51 K/BB
*All-Star (2011)


Drew Storen RP Washington Nationals
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
2011 stats: 6-3, 2.75 ERA, 43 SV, 1.022 WHIP
Career stats (2 years): 10-7, 3.10 ERA, 3.0 K/BB, 8.7 SO/9


John Axford RP Milwaukee Brewers
College: University of Notre Dame
2011 stats: 2-2, 1.94 ERA, 46 SV, 10.5 SO/9
Career stats (3 years): 10-4, 2.26 ERA, 71 SV, 1.177 WHIP
*9th in NL CYA voting (2011)

Oh, wouldn't any manager like to have these arms in their bullpen arsenal? From top-to-bottom this group has no holes at all. If given any remnants of a lead, it's safe to say that these imaginary collection of players would keep it intact. And the good news for Reds fans is that the hometown team already has two of these relievers rearing to go in 2012 (Bray and Marshall).

Group grade: A

Here's the remaining schedule for the All-Region Reds Team series:

Day One: Starting Rotation
Day Two: Bullpen

Day Three: Outfield
Day Four: Infield
Day Five: Catchers

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