Despite the overall results from last season's 68-94 record, the Reds remain bullish on their young starting pitchers -- so much so that general manager Dick Williams neither signed, nor traded for, a veteran pitcher to join the rotation on a big league contract. Cincinnati's starting-pitcher eggs have essentially been put in one basket. There will be a lot to choose from out of that basket, however. Luis Castillo, Sal Romano, Robert Stephenson, Tyler Mahle, Amir Garrett, Cody Reed, Michael Lorenzen and Jackson Stephens are among those being asked to step up. Progress is expected as the Reds want to move beyond rebuilding and fully into competing. "We can look to the second half of last year and say Castillo, Romano, Stephenson and Mahle were very, very good," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "And that's exciting when you add that to a fully healthy Homer Bailey, [Anthony] DeSclafani and [Brandon] Finnegan. We are putting a lot of stock in the health and the improvement of our young pitching."