3 ways to solve Brandon Williamson's woes after disastrous start to 2023 season

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Brandon Williamson (55) throws a pitch.
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Brandon Williamson (55) throws a pitch. / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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3. Reds prospect Brandon Williamson should be promoted to the active roster.

This may sound crazy, but maybe it's just crazy enough to work. Let's not act as if Brandon Williamson wasn't in line to be part of the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster. Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Graham Ashcraft had secured their spots, but Williamson could've easily landed a spot in the starting rotation out of spring training.

In fact, had Luis Cessa not returned from the World Baseball Classic when he did, there's a good chance that the Reds rotation coming out of Goodyear would have been Greene, Lodolo, Ashcraft, Williamson, and Connor Overton.

Here's where this idea might actually make sense - he'd receive one-on-one tutelage from Reds pitching coach Derek Johnson. While some don't think Johnson is as good as advertised, among most baseball experts and pundits, DJ is very well-respected. After having seen the success that so many pitchers have had while learning under Johnson, it's kind of hard to argue that point.

Has Brandon Williamson earned a call-up? No, that's not up for debate. He's fallen on his face, and on merit alone, there's no reason that Williamson should be brought up to The Show. But it's not as if the backend of the Cincinnati starting rotation is made up of players who are going to be part of the long-term future.

The Cincinnati Reds could move Cessa back to the bullpen, keep Luke Weaver as the team's No. 4 starter, and give Williamson a bite at the apple. What's the worst thing that can happen? He gets shellacked by big league hitters, is optioned back to the minors, and learns what he needs to do in order to get back?

At this point, anything is better than just running Brandon Williamson out to the mound again and again at Triple-A Louisville. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. The Reds have already tried that. It's time for a change.

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