One of the big story lines this Spring has been the depth of young talent the Cincinnati Reds have competing for spots in the starting rotation. There are the likes of Sal Romano, Rookie Davis and Amir Garrett. Then there are the pitchers who have been in the rotation in the big leagues prior to this season in Robert Stephenson, Cody Reed, Brandon Finnegan and Tim Adleman. Then there are the veterans in Scott Feldman and Bronson Arroyo. With all those names floating around, who will be in the starting rotation to begin the season?
With Anthony Desclafani starting the season on the disabled list, that automatically takes him out of the running for a spot in the starting 5 to begin the 2017 season. Scott Feldman has already been announced as the Opening Day starter so there are four spots remaining for the final eight names.
Our projected starting rotation to start the season is as follows:
- Scott Feldman: Feldman has pitched in four games this Spring posing a 4.15 ERA in 13 innings and 10 strikeouts. Feldman is one of the two veterans of the group and that is likely why Bryan Price gave Feldman the nod for Opening Day.
- Brandon Finnegan: Finnegan has struggled so far this Spring, but again, it is Spring Training. He has posted a 7.94 ERA over four games in 11.1 innings and 10 strikeouts. Finnegan has the experience from last season and all things considered pitched pretty well posting a 10-11 record and a 3.98 ERA in 172 innings pitched.
- Cody Reed: Cody Reed struggled mightily last season in 10 starts for the Reds. Reed was 0-7 with a 7.36 ERA. So far this Spring though Reed has been quite impressive with more command than last season posting a 3.24 ERA in 16.2 innings with 20 strikeouts.
- Amir Garrett: Garrett has been very impressive this Spring posting a 2.20 ERA in 16.1 innings pitched with 10 strikeouts. Although Garrett and Romano would both be good options for the starting rotation, I would give the edge slightly to Garrett here based on his track record in the minor leagues.
- Bronson Arroyo: That’s right. Bronson Arroyo will start this season with the Cincinnati Reds as one of the starting 5. While he’s been limited this Spring based on his second start when Devin Mesoraco fired one right off his face, his most recent start was a sign that he can still pitch. In limited action this Spring he’s posted a 4.70 ERA in 7.2 innings pitched with 6 strikeouts.
While this is just a projected rotation, I do believe that both Garrett and Romano will make the team with one of them coming out of the bullpen. The Reds have a bright future with their young arms, and they also have a few veteran pieces to throw in the mix if they choose to do so.