The Reds already boast one of the most prolific starting rotations in Major League Baseball with the likes of Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, Alfredo Simon, and Mike Leake. And the future certainly looks bright for the sake of Cincinnati starting pitching as well.
According to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, no minor league team features a better starting five than the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Mayo states his case in this complimentary piece about Cincinnati's promising young arms. These arms include top prospect Robert Stephenson, Michael Lorenzen, Daniel Corcino, Ben Lively and Jon Moscot.
As Mayo points out, all five pitchers rank among the top 20 prospects in the Reds farm system by MLB.com. No other minor league rotation can stake claim to this fact.
Here is an excerpt from Mayo's piece that is sure to delight Reds fans:
What excites me, and should get Reds fans pumped up, is that this rotation is an outstanding mix of upside and production. All five starters are performing well, and the fact that they are doing so in Double-A bodes well for the future of the pitching staff in Cincinnati.
Stephenson, the No. 16 prospect on MLB.com's Top 100 list, headlines the group with an electric fastball, tantalizing curveball, and a developing changeup. At age 21, the 2011 first round pick still has plenty of time to mature, but many believe Stephenson could be pitching in Great American Ball Park on a full-time basis as soon as next spring.
As for the rest of Pensacola's starting five, Lorenzen, Corcino, Lively, and Moscot rank 4th, 10th, 12th, and 20th, respectively in MLB.com's top 20 Reds prospects rankings, proving once and for all that the Reds have no shortage of pitching in the farm system. In fact, of the 20 prospects highlighted in the rankings, a whopping 15 of them are hurlers.
Offense may be a concern moving forward with the major league squad. But the organization has an embarrassment of riches in the department of young and affordable pitching.