Dunc on the rotation
Greetings from Jupiter, where it’s warm and sunny. Wish I could send some of this balmy loveliness back to all of you in the Midwest.
Dave Duncan gave us today his view of how the rotation shakes down, and it’s clear that in his eye, it’s Braden Looper — not Ryan Franklin — who is the leading candidate for the fifth spot. Here are a couple of his comments:
"You usually go into Spring Training with maybe one or twospots at the most open in your rotation and the others pretty well locked down.
That’s not necessarily the case this year, even though I think there are five
guys that will get the priority. And if they do what I think they’re capable of
doing, they could very well leave camp as our starting rotation."
Follow-up question: who do you consider those five priority guys?
"Carpenter, Wells, Reyes, Looper and Wainwright."
What leads you to see Looper as the priority guy over, say, Franklin?
going to get an opportunity. But I think Looper has a chance of being something
special. He’s got the physical ability to do that, for sure. It’s just
adjusting to a different role."