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In a disappointing season for the pitching staff, some young prospects are getting the call.

Jackson Stephens had quite the debut this past weekend, winning his first start after going five innings while giving up three runs. Stephens also drove in two runs to help propel the Reds to a 5-3 victory over the Cubs.

Luis Castillo has impressed since being called up, posting a 3.38 ERA through two starts while striking out 13 in 10.2 IP.

Amir Garrett, though he’s struggled since April, has shown more than enough promise. Despite a 7.41 ERA, he’s has only given up two earned runs or less in seven of his 12 starts. Garrett’s problem is there is no in between. He’s either does two runs or less, or six runs or more in each of his starts.

If Garrett can fix his consistency issues, he has the stuff to be a solid number 2 or 3 starter for years to come.

Robert Stephenson has electric stuff, but still hasn’t put it together yet. With some more time, Stephenson could be atop the rotation in a couple years.

The list of young pitchers goes on and on for Cincinnati. And the list doesn’t just include starters either. Rookie Davis, Sal Romano, Michael Lorenzen, and Raisel Iglesias.

Each of these guys has potential to an impact pitcher in Cincy. Their numbers may not look the best, but the potential is there. If the Reds can continue to develop them well, they could have one of the most dangerous staffs in the league in a year or two.

This doesn’t offer much comfort this season, but it does give hope for the future.

That’s the type of team that gets fans optimistic for the future. That’s the type that doesn’t just shoot for the playoffs. It shoots for a title.

The young pitchers are showing plenty of promise. It may not be showing in the stats yet, but it’s there. And it could be showing up sooner rather than later.

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