Here is a list of twenty young pitchers (25years old or less), to target in middle-to-late rounds and who could be studs or duds depending on few factors.
Good: He dominated the minors and should have learned the lesson from last year
Bad: He may not get a spot in the rotation and the numbers could very well be similar to last year's stats.
Good: He impressed last year and this season the Marlins should be even better giving him maybe even more wins.
Bad: His WHIP wasn't great and could face a second year slump
Good: Another Marlin, same point. The team should give him even more runs to work with. Dominant as a rookie.
Bad: There are injury concerns. Second year slump to fear again.
Good: Lot of Strikeouts and he should have again a good number of wins like last season
Bad: Not as dominant as his two teammates, ERA and WHIP aren't great.
Good: He is a strikeout pitcher, could get 200 with a full season
Bad: His ERA isn't great and the Giants' offense is bad so losses will come
Good: The Tigers should give him a high number of wins
Bad: He was bad in the second part of the season
Good: He showed a good poise and posted two shutouts...dominant at times
Bad: He is not a strikeout pitcher and that could cause problems. Batters usually adjust to a second year pitcher. Slump?
Good: He knows how to get out of jams
Bad: He usually puts himself in a jam...1.67 WHIP is awful
Good: 14 wins and 169 strikeouts last season, should be even more this year.
Bad: Terrible ERA (4.74) and WHIP (1.46), playing with the Pirates should see his share of losses
Good: He was marvelous two years ago and decent last year after the all-star
Bad: He was terrible in the first part of the season and again, Pirates means losses
Good: The guy looked fantastic at times
Bad: Second half was worse than first part of the season. The teams in the Braves' division are starting to get better and better.
RICH HARDEN (Harden makes the list only because he will probably slip few rounds because of his injury history)
Good: A phenom when healthy
Bad: There's a good chance (99%) he won't stay healthy more than few games
Good: He was terrific as a rookie and he has the stuff to be an ace
Bad: He plays with the Royals and no one knows if he is effectively back after the depression that hit him last year
Good: Unbelievable post All-Stars numbers...the guy can pitch.
Bad: What if the numbers will be more like the ones he had in the first part of the season?
Good: Otstanding stats as the team's closer. Playoff experience should help.
Bad: Starting in the majors is a totally different thing...can he get the job done?
Good: He had a terrific year and the Mets' offense should give him wins
Bad: Second year slump behind the corner?
Good: He will win games
Bad: The Angels' bats are not that great and his ERA is over 4.00
Good: As for his teammate Santana, Weaver will win his share of games. He was outstanding in his rookie season, terrific WHIP, unbelievable ERA, good strikeout numbers.
Bad: Possible secon year slump. People will overpay for him, he could somehow disappoint the high expectations surrounding him
Good: Silly stuff, the guy will dominate
Bad: He will start the years in the minors, no one knows when he'llbe called up. Is he worth a roster spot early?
Good: He is doing great in the minors, will do the same once called up. The Yankees would give him lot of wins too.
Bad: Will he get called up this season? Is he worth a spot from the start?
Ok the list is over....20 young arms who cold help you win the title this year. Please note that Cole Hamels, Scott Kazmir and Felix Hernandez are not included in this list because they will likely get drafted early. Also, Homer Bailey, Yovani Gallardo and Luke Hochevar are not included in the list because they likely won't be a fact this year.
Time to hear your opinions