Another Blown Save wrote:I think it pretty much stays the same every year.
In 06 there were plenty of "sleeper" pitchers. It's just that at the end of the year, many of these so called "sleepers" end up being busts.
These are some of the pitchers that I remember being hyped pre-06.
Rich Harden (bust)
Felix Hernandez (bust)
Ben Sheets (bust)
Brandon Webb (stud)
John Lackey (stud)
Daniel Cabrera (bust)
Noah Lowry (bust)
Zach Duke (bust)
Francisco Liriano (stud)
Chris Young (stud)
Are you labeling these guys busts or studs already? Or are you just applying it the season prior to the hype? If you are labeling them wow, what a short-sighted "what are you doing for me now" post. A lot of these guys are in their early 20's and all are under 30. Pretty pompous. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY to early to call any of these guys bust or studs, lol. Liriano was good for about half of a year and is out for the entire 2007 season while recovering elbow surgery and he's a stud! HAHA
No, the main point of my post was that every year there are similar numbers of "sleeper" pitchers that people like to target.
I believe that only reason why people think there were less "sleeper" pitchers in the past (or more this year) is because many of these "sleeper" pitchers tend to end up being bust.
Take Felix for example. Many people were high on him after his phenomenal rookie season and many thought that 06 would be a breakout year for him. Similar goes for guys like Duke, Lowry, Cliff Lee, Cain, etc. But in the end, only few of these pitchers end up living up to their expectations (Webb, Lackey, etc.).