Fade2White12 wrote:What is with the blatant obsession with minor league stats when it comes to outperforming players? You all act like the superstars were superstars at every level. Seems like everyone is trying to cut this kid down no matter how he performs. I can understand when a mediocre minor league player has a good start or two, but Johnson has strung together 10 quality starts in a row. At what point do you concede that he just may have some talent? After such a great start, I say you have to give him the benefit of the doubt, or atleast partial credit.
A guy wouldn't have made such a rapid rise to the majors if he didn't have talent. A lot of the guys here are just fantasy players with no insight or perspective on minor league prospects. Let them be skeptical, while guys like me who know a thing or two about the minors are able to grab players like Johnson before anyone else knows their name.
Josh's minor league stats aren't eye-catching, but he's been young for every level and has more than held his own. Career minor league ERA of 3.73, 1.37 WHIP with a reasonable 7.3 k/9. His major league stats this year? 2.20 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 7.8 k/9. Obviously his ERA is quite a bit lower, but he's also improved his WHIP and k/9, so a lower ERA is a logical product.
The reason he's able to strand so many runners is because he has a good, heavy sinker than guys just pound into the dirt. He only allowed 13 homers in 359.1 minor league innings and has only given up 3 this year. He's also aided by the fact that he plays in a pitcher's park down in Miami for half his games.
In conclusion, will he continue to maintain an ERA in the low 2.00's? Probably not. Is he going to suddenly collapse, as this thread predicts? Probably not. Will he be a good pitcher the rest of the way and worthy of owning on your fantasy team? I say yes, without a doubt. But let the doubters doubt, they're only missing out.