While we came into the season with numerous mainstays, the choices for the few roster spots still seem vague. Perhaps here we can discuss our thoughts, as late as possible, on who we think should start the season with the big league club. I'm sure it's all over the rosterbation thread, but there should be a specific post in which we can discuss roster choices from within the club for the season's start.
Obviously Minor has won the 5th spot in the rotation, a big question is who will earn the 6th spot and start the season as the 5th starter until Hudson is back. I phrased it this way to set up my choice: Chris Medlen. Livian Hernandez should take Medlen's role in the pen and Medlen should start until Hudson is back. Neither of the young guys seem ready to start the season in the pros. We all wanted them to be, but they are both pitching poorly, and the last thing we need is to loose confidence in our bright future when they get lit up to start the season. Send them down, let them work their confidence and control back up. And please don't start the season with Livian as our 5th starter! He has been garbage as a starter this spring as well, and Medlen has been lights out. We know Hudson is coming back, so it won't be a long term job. We also know that, one year removed from TJ surgery and having been injured going back and forth, that we will have good reason to NOT move him BACK into the rotation later no matter how well he pitches. Just let him pitch the first 4 games. He is a luck charm, he's on, he has something to prove, and the team seems to win behind him. This won't impact our future plans except to build value in Medlen, potentially even for a trade. He has earned the right to start, and he has earned the right to start these four games. With Livian on the staff, we can afford to pull him from the pen.
The other roles are less interesting to me, so I won't throw down my opinions about them.