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    Chris Withrow

    Is there any chance the Dodgers look at Winthrow as a starter again? I read he now has 4 pitches tahey he throws, fastball, slider, curve, and added the cutter we saw yesterday. I know coming up, we hoped he would develop into a starter but he always got hurt or didn't have much outside of the fastball. Maybe he figured some things out last year and this past offseason.

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    I really doubt it and plus I think he fits best as a bullpen guy anyways, he can come in for an inning and let it fly and blow people away with his fastball/slider combo. But I will say he's been very impressive early on the season.

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    Probably not.

    The Dodgers are deepest in pitching prospects.

    Lee, Anderson, Urias, Windle, Reed...

    There's not really the need to move Withrow back to the rotation. He struggled enough there that the bullpen looks like his future.

    Now, if the team decided to stretch him out, I'd be for it, but I don't think it's at all likely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by filihok View Post
    Probably not.

    The Dodgers are deepest in pitching prospects.

    Lee, Anderson, Urias, Windle, Reed...

    There's not really the need to move Withrow back to the rotation. He struggled enough there that the bullpen looks like his future.

    Now, if the team decided to stretch him out, I'd be for it, but I don't think it's at all likely.
    I can't believe Reed is still starting

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    Quote Originally Posted by LASportsFan1996 View Post
    I can't believe Reed is still starting
    Why?
    Yeah, his K and BB rates haven't been great, but he gets a ton of ground balls.

    Guys like that can be successful starters
    Reed 2011-2013: 20% K, 11% BB, 57% GB *source
    Tim Hudson 16% K, 7% BB, 59% GB
    Jason Marquis 14% K, 9% BB, 51% GB
    Jake Westbrook 13% K, 8% BB, 59% GB
    *since 2000

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    Quote Originally Posted by filihok View Post
    Why?
    Yeah, his K and BB rates haven't been great, but he gets a ton of ground balls.

    Guys like that can be successful starters
    Reed 2011-2013: 20% K, 11% BB, 57% GB *source
    Tim Hudson 16% K, 7% BB, 59% GB
    Jason Marquis 14% K, 9% BB, 51% GB
    Jake Westbrook 13% K, 8% BB, 59% GB
    *since 2000
    His control and command both suck, and his slider and curve both need a ton of work, he would probably be more effective as a reliever anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ciaban View Post
    he would probably be more effective as a reliever anyway.
    Almost every pitcher would be more effective as a reliever.

    His control and command both suck, and his slider and curve both need a ton of work
    More opportunity to work on these as a starter.

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    He's doing well as a reliever, and hes 25. Stretching him out now will probably set him back 1-2 years before he is MLB ready as a starter, which will push him to 27. I think it's a better idea to let him continue to improve in the bullpen, he could easily be the 8th inning guy in another year, and a possible closer for some team in a few years. Either way, you can get a solid 5 years of him being a really good bullpen arm if you leave him in the pen.

    If his development was where it is now and he was 23, I'd say stretch him out. At 25 its doable, but I think its better for both sides for him to stay in the pen at this point.

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    He's still young and when he gets his command lights out.

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