We talked recently about the sentiment that Brad Boxberger may be in the mix for the Opening Day bullpen. Thanks to our friends over at Redlegs Review, I see that ESPN’s Keith Law is on the same page:

“I expect to see Cincinnati Reds right-hander Brad Boxberger in their big league pen in 2012; he was 90-94 with a hard curveball at 81-84. Right-handed hitters will have a hard time picking up the ball because he comes slightly across his body. I’d like to see even a show-me change-up just so left-handers, who hit him better than righties did this year but still didn’t hit him well, don’t take too much advantage of his delivery.”

I really look forward to seeing this kid.

8 Responses

  1. JD

    I hope he makes the team out of Spring Training. He certainly can’t be any worse than what they already have.

    What do you guys think of him possibly being the closer? I don’t think it’s such a crazy idea. I really don’t want to see Cordero back. His peripherals and velocity have been going down, and he seems like a powder keg rolling near a lit match. The Braves used Kimbrel to close this year (I know how that worked out on the last day, but he’s still an ROY candidate).

  2. icee82

    It is nice to talk about but in reality, that will not happen. Dusty’s reluctance to rely on youthfulness is well documented. Even if he makes the club, Dusty will not utilize him in key situations thus wasting his talent.

  3. Sultan of Swaff

    Reading MLBtraderumors, across the league there is a lot of need for third base, with most teams indicating they’d be willing to part with established relievers to make a trade—players like Huston Street, Brandon League, etc. If the Reds don’t feel Boxberger is ready, I would like to see them dangle Francisco to make such a trade happen. Under no circumstances to I sign Cordero.

  4. Sultan of Swaff

    …..I also saw the Reds denied the A’s permission to talk to pitching coach Bryan Price.

  5. Ethan D

    I feel like with the name “Brad Boxberger” there is a lot of potential for nicknames. Lets not squander this opportunity.

  6. Redsfanx

    More reason to let Cordero walk and get a #1 starter.

  7. pinson343

    The consensus of the earlier discussion on RLN was to have Boxberger sloted as the closer for 2013, with some of 2012 spent at AAA and some as the Reds setup guy. But if he makes the team out of 2012, that schedule could be sped up.

    For the beginning of 2012, find someone in the Reds org as a stopgap measure.
    LeCure or one of the surplus starters. Don’t resign CoCo or someone else expensive.

  8. pinson343

    @Sultan of Swaff: If Francisco is going to be traded, I’d like to see it as part of a package for a starting pitcher.