Edinson Volquez, Reds SPs undervalued

Updated: March 29, 2011, 7:32 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
To the common man, the most well-known pitcher on the Cincinnati Reds' staff is probably Cuban import Aroldis Chapman, who has all of 13 1/3 major league innings to his name. He's neither starting nor closing games for the big club. It's odd, because the Reds actually won the National League Central last season thanks in part to a pitching staff that posted the 12th-best ERA in the majors (of course, leading the NL in runs scored didn't hurt, either). Still, as I participated Monday in what will probably be my final mock draft before the season begins, I watched each of the Reds' actual starting pitchers get ignored for nearly the entire length of the proceedings.

Finally, a few of them went. I queued up Opening Day starter Edinson Volquez, projected by ESPN Fantasy for a pretty sweet 193 strikeouts and 14 wins, with usable peripherals. Later on, I chose Bronson Arroyo, a 17-game winner, for my bench. And minutes later, Travis Wood came off the board. I'm pretty sure Johnny Cueto would have gone, too, if he were healthy. But the bottom line is no Reds pitchers seemed at all coveted; even 40-save closer Francisco Cordero was out there until Round 15.