Yoda wrote:The shoulder injury was a big red flag for me. He is so young and hasn't pitched a full season yet.
Its true he hasn't pitched a full season yet but every great pitcher was in that situation once. I am not just handing him the greatness title but the talent is quite high with kid and he has shown in his 118 IP just how incredibly dominating he can be. Pitching for the yanks helps too, as although they weren't great last season, he is going to win a lot of the games he pitches if he continues only giving up 1 or 2 runs every 6 innings.....
I'm more worried about his shoulder injury TBH.
Do you think that shoulder injury was primarily caused by the Yankees jerking him back and forth between the bullpen and rotation, preventing him from building the appropriate arm strength to avoid pitching related injuries unless he's just a Ben Sheets or Rich Harden type, or not?
Grounded Polo wrote:Do you think that shoulder injury was primarily caused by the Yankees jerking him back and forth between the bullpen and rotation, preventing him from building the appropriate arm strength to avoid pitching related injuries unless he's just a Ben Sheets or Rich Harden type, or not?
For the record I don't think going from relief to the rotation had anything to do with the injury.
He awkwardly fell and rolled over over his shoulder on a throw to 2nd before leaving the game with a shoulder strain. However, he has had some injury issues in college and the Yanks were very cautious with him (as they were with Hughes). Some people think he may have mechanical issues as well.
Pitching is so flaky to begin with even with a highly touted prospect who does everything correctly, stays healthy and has an opportunity, etc. I just think that he has a lot going against him at the moment especially if he falters early as a starter.
"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that." ~George Carlin
I'm pretty high on him this year. I do think he has some work to do before he validates all of the hype though. In my only league so far, I could not pass him up at where I got him, as I went hitting early and often. I may have one of the most risk/reward rotations that I have ever had! Lackey Joba Harden Baker Dempster Floyd Gallagher
I meant at any level, ever... Bedard is the only one who fits that category and we've seen how reliable his career has been so far.
Not to mention your wrong about over half on that list... Gallardo, Greinke, Cain, Harden, Vazquez, & Zambrano all had pitched that much in the majors by the time they were 23. And how can you compare Chamberlain to himself as proof?