High Heater wrote:alot of people seriously questioned his ace potential even though he established a lights out but short minor league career with as high a K/per 9 as lirano. his fade in the 2nd half last year brought on doubts and rightfully so.
I think they questioned more his ability to pitch at the same level this year as he did last year. His wearing down last year hinted that might struggle this year, but that certainly hasn't been the case. No one really ever questioned his potential to be the Tiger's ace since he's is obviously better than Bonderman.
In the 2nd year I would say he gets about 7 more wins and ends with 17 (I think he'll get one more before the break). I think he'll again wear down, but I don't think it will be nearly as bad this year. The kid obviously trained in the offseason based on his struggles with fatigue.