i would say guthrie, snell, and zimmerman have most upside. if zimmerman gets a roster spot, he's been really hyped b/c of his great spring. i'd watch tommy hanson too. if he gets called up, i'd grab him quickly. he's gonna be an ace.
Since the Sox since Bucholtz out and are slotting Penny into the 5th spot, in spite of Bucholtz's stellar spring, maybe their faith makes Penny worth considering. He's arguably the best of the pitchers you listed, though with Bucholtz and Smoltz lurking, he has the smallest margin for error.
I also like what I'm hearing about Micah Owings. He's looked great in flashes with the D'backs until he got hurt and reportedly is healthy this spring.
None seem likely to be huge difference makers (except Zimmermann if he's another Verlander), so take a shot at the one you think is best. You can always cut bait and pick up someone else after a couple or three starts. All are the type that you should be paying as much attention to the opponent as the actual pitcher anyway.
DFWSooner wrote:I'm looking for one more pitcher to finish out my roster. Which one of these guys are most likely to put together a decent season? Or maybe could you rank the top 3 or 4. Will help in return!
4 Jeremy Guthrie 6 Ian Snell 9 Brad Penny 1 Jordan Zimmerman 2 Andy Pettite 3 Randy Wolf 8 Micah Owings 5 James McDonald 7 Edwin Jackson