Yoda wrote:Loewen has to show that he can stay healthy and greatly improve his control. 5.22 BB/9 in the Minors translates to about 7 BB/9. He'll make Daniel Cabrera look like Greg Maddux.
Loewen has been injured ONCE in his entire pro career. He pitched 93 innings in A/A+, then 142 the next year, then 183 the year after that.
I WISH for the day when I don't have to remind people that you MUST control for age and level of play before comparing player performances.
Let's take a look at Loewen and Cabrera.
At age 20 Adam Loewen was pitching in A/A+ ball. His BB/9 was 6.48.
At age 20 Daniel Cabrera was still in Rookie ball. His BB/9 was 8.56
At age 21 Adam Loewen was in A+ ball. His BB/9 was 5.95
At age 21 Daniel Cabrera (finally) proved he could get rookie ball hitters out. His BB/9, 3 levels below where Loewen was, was 3.75
At age 22 Adam Loewen pitched in AA/AAA and MLB. In the minors his BB/9 was 3.67; in the majors it was 4.95
At age 22, Daniel Cabrera was in A ball posting a BB/9 of 5.62.
There's simply no comparison between these two. Loewen is no Maddux when it comes to control, but he's as far above Cabrera as Maddux is above him.
Pitcher A is Loewen's performance thus far.
Pitcher B is Erik Bedard's total performance the year before he broke out.
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