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Cueto dominates D-Backs in MLB debut

The Cincinnati Reds, one of the most storied franchises in all of Major League Baseball, had never had a starting pitcher strike out 10 batters in their major league debut. That ended today. Rookie Johnny Cueto, a prospect who was merely in the running for a starting job in my 2008 Reds preview, dominated the Arizona Diamondbacks today striking out 10 in 7 innings to pick up the win for Cincinnati as the Reds took two of three from the D-Backs.

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The 22-year old right-handed starter wore #47 in his Major League debut and gave the Reds a needed spark just one day after Edwin Encarnacion's walk-off homerun to beat the Diamondbacks in the bottom of the 9th inning on Wednesday. Cueto hit the mid-90's with his fastball throughout the game and held Arizona in check; much-needed considering the Reds' offense left numerous runners on base, many ofthem in scoring position.

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Cueto joins Juan Marichal (1960) and Steve Woodard (1997) as one of only three pitchers in MLB history to allow just 1 hit or fewer, strike out 10+ batters and pick up win in their Major League debut.

After struggles last season the Reds felt forced to bring up Homer Bailey, one of the organization's top pitching prospects, mid-season. While Bailey picked up two wins, the youngster was sent back to AAA and is still struggling with his command. Prior to last season former Reds All-Star starter Tom Browning stated that Cueto was the most major league ready of the Reds young pitchers.

Cincinnati will host the Philadelphia Phillies beginning Friday night in a 3-game series which will feature another Reds pitching prospect, Edinson Volquez, on the mound. Volquez came to Cincinnati during the offseason in a trade with Texas for OF Josh Hamilton and made the team as Cincinnati's 5th starter.


By Michael Shull
ProBaseball-fans.com Guest Writer

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