Wow. What a spectacular thread.
mgl, if your'e still answering... it would seem that you're an advocate of having Brad Thompson as a starter rather than a reliever. Am I correct in that assertion?
Whether someone is suited for a starter or reliever role is out of my area of expertise. I definitely leave that to the scouts, coaches, and managers. If there is a certain profile or type of pitcher who is suited for one or the othe role (other than the obvious ones, like stamina or lack of more than 1 or 2 good pitches, although lots of starters have only 2 pitches), I am unaware of it.
Generally a starter is much more valuable than a reliever, especially if the reliever does not pitch in mostly high leverage situations (a la a typical closer). If you have a good young pitcher, you should try and develop him as a starter if at all possible. To groom a young pitcher as a non-closer reliever is a complete waste of time. Other than closers, relievers should be RH or LH specialists, those pitchers incapable, for whatever reasons, of being a decent starter, or simply bad pitchers (to pitch in low leverage situations),
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