I have been waiting a while for the Braves to finally give James a shot in the rotation. He was very impressive today in his first MLB start. He works fast and is always around the plate, keeping his pitch count and walks down. He was spotting the ball all over: inside, outside, up, and down. He also changes speeds very well. I wouldn't say he has "electric stuff." Watching him today, you can tell that the guys just knows how to pitch, which can be better than just having nasty stuff. Somebody posted earlier that he has a funky delivery which is not the case. His delivery is smooth and effortless. I know it is only one start, but, if I had to compare him to someone, it would be Glavine.
He surely will have ups and downs as all rookie pitchers do, but, he looks like a future star to me. Probably a very good #2 or #3 starter for years to come. He will be in my lineup next week vs. Balt. in my deep league. By the way, he was voted the #7 prospect by Baseball America.
"I feel the need. The need for speed!"