Fortunately there's a big difference. The only pitch that Anderson threw capably was his fastball and he usually had no idea where it was going. Verlander has shown some ability to command his fastball plus he has secondary pitches that are developing nicely to go along with it. He's clearly looking like the favorite to be the 5th starter, so I guess we're going to find out how close to MLB ready he really is sooner rather than later.tthousand66 wrote:The Morning Guys on XM Radio's baseball station were just raving about Verlander and his 97 mph fastball this morning. They had a guy named Matt Anderson who threw 100 and screwed that up....let's hope we don't see a repeat.
Do I sound negative?
The minor leagues have been rebuilt since the Randy Smith days not only in players, but in coaches and other personnel. The guys responsible for screwing with Cornejo's mechanics, making Baugh log innings until his arm fell off, rushing Matt Anderson before he learned anything beyond an uncontrollable fastball, and competely ignoring the horrid mechanics of a fresh out of high school Matt Wheatland are nowhere to be found. I don't think anyone can make a promise that things will go perfectly and there will be no injuries to younger prospects going forward, I can say that things can't get any worse than they were during Randy Smith's reign. Injuries to pitchers happen from time to time just due to the mechanics of throwing a baseball, but it's clear there was more going on than just bad luck.
Let's just hope the success the team had with rebuilding Verlander and Zumaya's deliveries and command are a sign of things to come.