Bronson Arroyo’s return to the Cincinnati Reds had some scratching their heads. However, despite not having the pitching strength he once had. Arroyo could serve a truly worthwhile purpose for the Reds.
Arroyo could be a veteran mentor giving guidance to the litnay of rookies on the Reds pitching staff. A role Scott Rolen unofficially had on offense while with the Reds. One the Reds were hoping Brandon Phillips would take on this year. Which Phillips ultimately declined for likey the reason many would. The perception that one has reached their peak as a player.
In Arroyo’s case it’s fair to state he’s past his prime as a pitcher. That’s not to say he won’t deliver on the mound for the Reds. He just won’t in the way he did here earlier in the decade. That can be said about many pitchers in their fourties. Arroyo’s veteran status should be a unique asset for the Reds.
It’s an asset considering the Reds have a pitching staff that’s low on experience. The Reds mostly know what they’re getting with Bronson Arroyo. We don’t fully know what we’re getting with rookies like Amir Garrett and Sal Romano. The Reds pitching staff is also dealing with injuries. So at the moment the Reds will have to work with what they have.
Bryan Price also seems content with having starters on the mound for moderately short stints. Which could work for Arroyo because he might be good for five innings at best. In terms of performance Arroyo can still be effective. Getting his first win in nearly three years, on Tuesday night over the Baltimore Orioles.
The mentorship role might be the most important role for Arroyo. It’s not a role that will amount for much on the field for him. However, it could be a productive and useful role for the Reds in general. Veteran leadership on a young Reds team can count for something important. Even if what he has to offer on the mound isn’t thrilling.