booboo wrote:Zumaya's got a plus fastball with a plus hammercurve. His changeup is a work in progress, and the changeup might be what determines if he's a MLB starter or reliever in the near future.
He pitches better with RISP, which tells me he's got good makeup and is competitive and thrives under pressure. Despite his chunky size and tree trunk legs, he needs an all-out violent delivery to generate his speed, which tells me that 1.) he'll tire out after 75+ pitches 2.) he'll have arm problems. This is important because he's also a strikeout pitcher who will throw more pitches than he needs to.
That's overall pretty good, but his delivery is no longer as violent as it once was. It was improved last spring training leading to his big breakout season. There's still thoughts that he may be a future closer, but not as much after his improvements last year. I think he should be given every opportunity to stick as a starter and at this point that seems to be the plan.
I'd say he's very likely to begin the year in AAA, which would be no dissappointment since he is only 21 years old. There's going to be open competition for some spots in the Tigers pitching staff in Spring Training, so he does have a small shot of sticking in some role, but it's unlikely.