Sowers= B. Webb/Maddux/Halladay combo. keeps the ball on the ground (I don't know his rate because I don't think they keep those numbers in the minors), and has excellent control. If he can improve on the strikeouts, he could be an excellent pitcher. And I wouldn't count him out from doing so, even though everyone says he doesn't have a true strike out pitch, it is possible to develop that when you are only 23.
J35J wrote:I think he has a chance to become a solid #3 guy but he is a "puss" thrower. It looks like he knows what he is doing out there and can throw strikes but there aren't many guys who can be consistantly successful with a poor SO rate (less than 5 per 9)
200 IP 112 Ks = 5 Ks per 9
Not many people go after guys who can only strike out 112 guys in a season unless there ratios are lights out!
Don't get me wrong I think he has a chance to be a pretty solid major leaguer but more so in real life than for fantasy purposes. He's definately one of the "worst" in the crop of prospects that has come up this year.
I wouldn't say he's one of the the worst SP to come up though. I mean only Billingsley, Lester, Hamels, & Weaver are probably for sure better than Sowers. I guess arguments could be made on Angel Guzman having more potential. But I think Sowers could could one day be a good source of wins, era, and whip.
Verlander, Liriano, J Johnson (if he can keep throwing strikes), Cain (if he can start throwing strikes) are all better as well. I like Sowers, but much more so in real life than for fantasy purposes.
But like we all say..... thats why we play the games!
That would be the case if all of the guys u listed weren't last years prospects.
I'd say with the minimal "cup of coffee" they got last year that they would still be considered "this years" prospects as well since there wasn't much to judge them on last year....
Verlander 11 IP
Liriano 12 IP
Johnson 23 IP
Cain 46 IP (I suppose you could go either way here)
But I guess its neither here nor there, the point is Sowers doesn't compare to any of the guys mentioned above so I'd give him a few starts before wasteing any waiver wire priorities on him, IMO.
Indians purchased the contract of LHP Jeremy Sowers from Triple-A Buffalo.
Sowers, who was 9-1 with a 1.39 ERA at Buffalo, will make his major league debut Sunday against the Reds. He should have quite a bit of value in AL-only leagues. Jun. 24 - 1:37 pm et