hybrid wrote:I'd say no and that it's hard to form a better opinion of how close he is until he pitches in AA. Verlander is pitching great, but is a level below Billingsley/Penn and is 1 1/2 to 2 years older then they are.
Yeah, you can't compare guys when the levels/ages differ like that. He'll be up in AA very soon where he'll likely play out the rest of the season. Erie, the Tigers AA affiliate, plays in a hitter friendly park, so it should be a good test when it does happen. Last night he just threw another gem, his second straight start giving up zero walks, but he suffered a tough 1-0 loss.
8 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K