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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, September 22, 2007

Sweet on Cueto

I asked Rick Sweet, the Louisville manager, what Johnny Cueto throws. He said Cueto throws a fastball, changeup and a slider.

"He throws his slider at two speeds," Sweet said. "So it's like he's got another pitch. He throws all his pitches for strikes.

One of the thing that sets Cueto apart is his ability to turn his fastball up a notch.

"He'll be pitch at 89 to 92," Sweet said. "He'll get ahead 1-2 and throw one 95, 96. It just freezes hitters."

Sweet, needless to say, is very high on Cueto.

Sweet also really likes Josh Roenicke, the right-hander who ended up as the closer at Chattanooga.

"I saw him in the spring," Sweet said. "I told them, 'I'll take him. He can be my closer.' They said, 'no, he's going to A ball.' He looks like he can be a legitimate closer."


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