There is a reason why the Reds gave up four players in exchange for the services of Mat Latos last offseason. The club fully expects Latos to blossom into one of the most dominant starting pitchers in the league. After 2012, he appears to be on the right track.
The right-hander posted career-highs in wins (14), innings pitched (209.1), starts (33), and complete games (2) in his first season as a Red. The 25-year old also posted a modest 3.48 ERA, 1.161 WHIP, 4.2 WAR. Obviously, fans and the organization alike expect more of the same in the coming years.
Apparently, so does ESPN.com's David Schoenfield. Schoenfield touts Latos as one of "five players ready to become big stars" in a post published on Saturday. Here is what the senior writer had to say about Latos in particular:
With Johnny Cueto having a Cy Young-caliber season and Aroldis Chapman dominating out of the pen, there weren't many headlines left for Latos in 2012. With Latos coming over from...