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Postby George_Foreman » Sun Jun 25, 2006 5:51 pm

James isn't nearly as highly-regarded as Billingsly or Lester. He's a guy who's had great K-rates throughout the minors, but questions remain because of his high GB/FB ratio and that he's something of a "junk baller" who makes hitters look bad at least in part due to a funky delivery.

Anyhow, he's done well in his short time up this year (as a reliever and in his outing today), but he's not the second coming of Francisco Liriano or anything.

That said, as a Braves fan, I remain optimistic. I think he's a decent pickup at this point, but I would chose my starts carefully.
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Postby beezer » Sun Jun 25, 2006 7:13 pm

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.
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Postby Dr. StrangeGlove » Sun Jun 25, 2006 10:40 pm

I thought he pitched well today considering there was a delay in the game (apparently the D-Rays have not payed their electric bill). That delay could throw alot of pitchers off. He has a nice deceptive delivery.
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Postby beezer » Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:33 pm

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Postby beezer » Sat Jul 01, 2006 2:38 pm

beezer wrote: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.





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Postby beezer » Sat Jul 01, 2006 2:39 pm

Wrong post. Whoops.
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Postby wrveres » Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:08 am

Just stumbled across this comment at BA and I thought I would share ..

CHUCK JAMES, lhp, Braves
"I don't want to face that guy no more. It's that changeup. He threw me a 2-0 changeup and I thought I broke my bat on my back."
- Delmon Young


classic.
I love this guy. :-)
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Postby davidmarver » Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:42 am

wrveres wrote:Just stumbled across this comment at BA and I thought I would share ..

CHUCK JAMES, lhp, Braves
"I don't want to face that guy no more. It's that changeup. He threw me a 2-0 changeup and I thought I broke my bat on my back."
- Delmon Young


classic.
I love this guy. :-)

Consider this the beginning of my Garrett Atkins for Hot Stove League MVP campaign.
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