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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Early star: Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson has turned heads with way he's thrown early in camp. Adam Dunn was impressed after taking live BP off Wilson Saturday morning. "He looks really good," Dunn said. "Really, really good. I told him that. I don't know how hard he's throwing. I can't gauge that yet. But his ball is moving everywhere."

Wilson is a guy everyone wants to see succeed. He's a nice guy. He's worked extremely hard. And he was crushed last year when he wasn't able to contribute. He's nearly two years removed from his shoulder surgery. Sometimes those things take that long. With Wilson if his stuff returns to close to normal, he'll be able to get by with savvy and competitive fire.

Talked to Jerry Narron about the closer situation. It's still going to be David Weathers and Mike Stanton, unless one of the young pitchers -- Narron mentioned Todd Coffey -- is truly dominant in camp.

"I don’t know if we have that kind of big arm in camp that’s going to change anything," Narron said.

Well, you do have 20-year-old who throws 98 and has a nasty curve, someone said to Narron, referring to one Homer Bailey.

"Yeah, but he's not in the bullpen."

You'll be happy to know I exchanged the mighty Monte Carlo with the slow leak on left rear tire for another Monte Carlo. Took me a half hour to do the switch. But the upside is I got a free half tank of gas out of it. A less honest man might be tempted to develop a slow leak on regular basis. Thankfully, the new ride has the plug for iPod.


at 7:43 PM Blogger cincikid said...

Great news about Wilson. I hope that he can maintain. He is said to be the hardest worker on the team and deserves the oppurtunity. There will be quit abit of leftovers if the Reds decide to go with Wilson as #5 and 11 pitchers. Do you think that there is a trade possible for a closer type of pitcher. I'm sure that a Belisle, Denorfia, Keppinger, Bellhorn, Moeller, or maybe some kind of package could bring a possible closer or a position player prospect. We're gonna have some players with Major League experience not make the 25 man roster. They could feel maybe some glaring holes on other teams roster. Probably no big name prospect but who know?

at 8:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Eventhough they are horrible this year. And though this is the Reds blog, I still believe everyone would like to hear Dickie V's take on the Bearcats struggles this year and what he thinks will happen in the future. I don't think your fellow GCL alum Bill Koch will mind if you get a story.

at 10:39 PM Blogger Daedalus said...

cincikid, i am all for trading ALL of those players you mentioned for a closer! ;)

at 8:27 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Anon, 8:05: Dickie V. was asking about the Bearcats. He didn't seem to know much about them, other than the fact that they were struggling.

at 2:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Paul Wilson as the closer. Anyone at camp hinting at a Wilson move to the pen?

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