Cornbread Maxwell wrote:Tiger fans are dreaming that one day a rotation of Verlander, Zumaya, and Bonderman will be one of the best in baseball.
He's good but I remember a day when Tiger fans were dreaming of a rotation of Bonderman, Cornejo, Maroth and Johnson. Sorry, Corn, cheapshot but I couldn't resist
Well, we were looking for incremental improvements after 119.
To be honest though, both Verlander and Zumaya project to be better than Bonderman, who, back when Cornejo et al were on the horizon, was considered the best of the group at that time. Basically, that double A team was desperate for any young talent, and now a few years removed they are now fortunate to have a couple guys mentioned as possible elite players coming in.
Bottom line right now is that while we can and should be excited to have this kind of talent, we also need to remember how young they are and expectations should be tempered for a good couple years.
I actually like Zs chances of making the starting rotation better than closing. I have doubts that Robertson is going to keep it together enough to hold down his spot, and if Z can show consistancy he would be a natural to move into a starter slot.
He did look great today. Showed some good composure, making better pitches instead of folding after his walk. He could be the better of the two young studs.
His in Yahoo now. I have him in my minors in one league and I'm praying he gets a shot and the rotation. He's got great stuff and a great K/9 rate. If he improves him control I think he will be an ace.
They're not going to be so hasty in making him a closer unless they are forced to. He has stud starter potential and the team is hoping Kevin Whelan will be more than capable of filling the closer role sometime in 2007 or 2008. He is FAR more valuable to this team as a starter long term.
I'm assuming that if you're in a keeper league that also counts holds (like mine) this is someone to jump on?
"One of the teams represents truth, justice, the American way, and underdogs everywhere. The other represents George Steinbrenner!" - U.S. News and World Reports columnist John Leo on the difference between the Mets and the Yankees.
Inukchuk wrote:He has the coolest name in baseball... and that's all that matters.
This man makes a good point. Great name.
Would you guys use your #1 Waiver Priority on him? My keeper league team is really built for the future with guys like Delmon and Felix, Conor Jackson, Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Barfield, Cano, Mauer, Crawford, Sizemore, Holliday, Crosby, Shealy, Papelbon, Gavin Floyd, Devine...
I think I'm going to drop Jorge Sosa (Who I picked up after the draft) for Zumaya. I can't let names like that sit on the waiver wire.