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Postby 05worldserieschamps » Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:05 pm

With the White Sox trading away Garland, that opens up another spot in their rotation. It figures to be Buehrle and Vazquez, and thats about it. I think Contreras and Danks have to come back and earn it, though I think Danks will win. The Sox have a few options at SP with Egbert, Gio, McCulloch and Lance Broadway. But Gio has to be up there. What do you guys think a) he can produce in 2008 if he DID win a job? and b) what we can expect 5 years from now or down the road?
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Re: Gio Gonzalez

Postby AEMRICH » Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:19 pm

I like Gio - i think he has some good stuff. I wouldn't be surprised to see him pick up a spot in the rotation but i think he needs a good spring training. I think Gio has the potential to be a number 3 guy with good K numbers. Next year i would expect something like- pretty decent numbers but i don't think he starts in the rotation-

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Re: Gio Gonzalez

Postby cardinal1975 » Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:34 pm

I do not think his numbers will be much better than Danks for next year if he is lucky enough to start the year in the rotation. I think he has the upside of a #2 starter, however the only thing that concerns me with him is his frame. Under six feet and a slender build makes him more prone to arm problems in the future. That being said he has exceeded expectations at every level in the minors and has good stuff as well. Very few young pitchers actually achieve long term success but he has talent and good makeup according to scouts. Assuming he can stay healthy there is no reason why he should not be winning 15 games, stiking out 180-200, and posting a solid ERA and WHIP within a few years.
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Re: Gio Gonzalez

Postby Steve-o » Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:53 pm

Well, I bet he's on a pretty strict IP limit. Maybe around 170-180 total innings. He also falls into the second tier of pitching prospects, and arguably isn't even the best pitching prospect on his team. He has yet to throw in AAA yet either. All those things really don't point well for him next year. I think best case scenario has him as a spot starter at the end of next year.

Long term, he's a middle to back of the rotation fantasy guy I think. I think he tops out as a 2 or 3 in the rotation in real life.
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