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Postby shortsavage » Tue Aug 22, 2006 10:47 am

He could be up with the Rays by miseason 2008.
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Postby booboo » Tue Aug 22, 2006 6:02 pm

i'm thinking if he pitches very well in the AFL this fall and during spring training next year, then the parent club will give him a spot in the rotation at the beginning of 2007.
being a proven college pitcher, he's got enough experience and command, i think.

also, sometimes, a guy doesn't have to prove he can stay healthy for a certain amount of time either to make it to the show. sometimes, it's more like - alas, he's finally healthy right now, at this moment, let's see what this guy can do. just look at cole hamels this year.
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Postby shortsavage » Tue Aug 22, 2006 7:09 pm

Niemann is listed on the Phoenix River Dogs' roster for the Arizona Fall league at the time of this post.
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Postby raiders_umpire » Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:35 pm

I surely hope he is in Durham next year for a few months. He needs the time there to further his development, and it will also give me a few chances to go and see him pitch.
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Postby killa3312 » Wed Aug 23, 2006 11:55 am

The Rays rushed Kazmir, skipping him over AAA entirely, didn't seem to hurt him. At the start of next spring, Niemann will be 24 years old. He was considered ML ready when drafted, and he was only 21 then. If Jeff pitches well in the AFL and Spring Training, why not give him a shot? He has dominating stuff, and would be a great 1-2 punch with Kazmir.
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