I don't seem to recall there being a lot of Jered Weaver doubters here at the Cafe so I'm not sure if the question in the title of this thread is the most appropriate (if anything, the potential rookie stars like Weaver are usually overhyped here). By default it's only natural to be somewhat skeptical when it comes to rookies. Not many of them have the kind of success he's had early on. Good for him, I hope he breaks Valenzuela's mark. As a Dodgers fan who is old enough to remember Valenzuela's rookie campaign, it will be interesting to see if Weaver will be the spark that leads the Angels to the playoffs the way Fernando did. Obviously there won't be the hype of Fernandomania, and the Dodgers probably had a better overall team that year than the Angels do this year. I also recall, however, that after starting 8-0, Valenzuela went 5-7 the rest of the season (albeit with respectable numbers) and probably should have lost the Cy Young award to Tom Seaver who was 14-2 that strike shortened season.
No doubt when he falters a bit the skeptics will be out in full force, but it's pretty obvious he has the makings of being a soild anchor in the Angels rotation.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax