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Postby Matthias » Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:58 pm

Anyone know anything about this guy? I was following the game along online and he kept touching 99 on his fastball and dipped below 80 on his change. Went 2 innings with 4 k's.
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Postby Morrison8312 » Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:05 pm

The top prospect in the Tigers system (with Verlander). Great stuff...I'm using my waivers on him. ;-D
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Postby Webster11 » Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:07 pm

Morrison8312 wrote:The top prospect in the Tigers system (with Verlander). Great stuff...I'm using my waivers on him. ;-D


Yup he has great potential and can hit 100. He could be a RP or SP though since his role hasnt really been defined yet. Hopefully hes added to yahoo soon
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Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:12 pm

He is considered one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. The only reason he wasnt the Tiger's 5th starter heading into the season was because Verlander barely beat him out. Leyland thought he was too good to send back down so as of right now he will be one of the top bullpen pitchers for the Tigers. Since TJones injury bumped everyone up, that puts Rodney as the closer and Zumaya as the primary setup pitcher - as we saw today.

As with any young pitcher, you should expect him to be slightly erratic this yr (he did walk his first batter he faced today) and thus will have limited value for 2006, but if you are in a keeper league, he should be right up there with all of the top pitching prospects in terms of value - Cain, Liriano, Zumaya, Verlander, etc.

As of right now, the Tigers are unsure where his status on the team will be - either as a closer or a SP. If he is a SP, most scouting reports I have read on him project him to be a future ace or #2 type of pitcher in the majors - he can tough triple digits on his fastball and has solid command of his change and slider.

Tiger fans are dreaming that one day a rotation of Verlander, Zumaya, and Bonderman will be one of the best in baseball.
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Postby George_Foreman » Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:53 pm

If Zumaya is able to develope another ML-ready pitch, he could be a front-line starter. As of now, though, it looks like his future is going to be in the bullpen.
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Postby Yankees227 » Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:34 pm

Hes not in yahoo yet, hopefully soon
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Postby brandnew » Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:35 pm

CBM, any chance he gets a crack at closing if Rodney sucks?
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Postby so0perspam » Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:41 pm

brandnew wrote:any chance he gets a crack at closing if Rodney sucks?


Most definitely. Zumaya is, by far, the best RP option the Tigers have asides from the injured Todd Jones and the current closer Rodney. Rodney better watch out, because this kid is [u]good[/b] and will take his job should the opportunity arise.
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Postby J.C.Fighter » Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:01 pm

People need to realize that this is just one game...
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Postby brandnew » Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:45 pm

J.C.Fighter wrote:People need to realize that this is just one game...


What do you mean?

AA 2.77 ERA, 107 IP, 143 K, 52 BB, 71 H, 1.15 WHIP
AAA 2.66 ERA, 44 IP, 56 K, 24 BB, 30 H, 1.23 WHIP

Usually guys with sick stuff and high Ks succeed in the bullpen... BBs are a little scary though...

on a different note, I just realized that Zumaya went to Bonita High, which is like right by where I live. How weird
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