hard to tell for me, cause he just shot up so quickly, i mean no one knew of him before a few months ago, twinkies do have a good history of talent, but this seems rushed, im a lil skeptical on how good he will be
BobbyRoberto wrote:How good is he? Who is he on par with, as far as young guys who have pitched in the bigs this year?
Where does he fall in this group of young pitchers?
Francisco Liriano Justin Verlander Cole Hamels Jon Lester Jeremy Sowers Matt Cain Zach Miner Chuck James Chad Billingsley Anthony Reyes
The tiers aren't really ranked in any particular order, but is a good idea of where I have them with their piers.
**Not really a right now ranking more of a "what will they be in a year or two" type of ranking
Cain Billingsley Hamels
Lester Reyes Garza
Sowers James Miner
While Garza I believe has a less high ceiling compared to Liriano, Verlander, Billingsley, Lester, & Hamels. I think he'll produce favorably to Billingsley & Cain in terms of actual production. Garza seems safer and more polished than many.
Yeah, when I originally threw out names of good, young pitching prospects I inadvertently left off Jered Weaver. He should be there. In my opinion, he should be up with Liriano and Verlander, or maybe just below.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'
Havok1517 wrote:Garza seems safer and more polished than many.
I'm interested in why you think that? I ask b/c he's only 22 and started this year in A ball.
Well, he's not wild and seems pretty poised whenever he pitches. One thing that worries me his breaking stuff, he doesn't use it often enough, and relies on his 97 mph fastball too overpower hitters. That might not work well in the majors all the time. One thing that is great about Garza is that he doesn't tire as much as many pitchers do. He's been known to pitch deep in the game with increasing velocity. Sorta reminds me of Josh Beckett in that regard.