Just wanted to get some discussion on this kid, of whom I know little about. He wasn't a top prospect coming up and was quite old for the levels he was at in the minors, but he's posted solid numbers in a small sample size thus far.
I'm not expecting big things, but I'm curious as to why are hitters so befuddled by him thus far. By all accounts he has a deceptive delivery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lUBssBXVr4&
but just average stuff.
Obviously the book isn't out on him yet so once hitters see him a few times his numbers are bound to normalize. He's also got just a .155 BABIP so far, so his miniscule ratios will not continue. But will he post merely respectable numbers the rest of the way out? I grabbed him in my H2H mixed league last week.
He hasn't K'd a ton of guys in an outing yet but he showed good strikeout potential in the minors, despite a fastball that doesn't crack 90. He also has a very good 49.3% GB ratio which helps explain why he's been so good at getting guys out thus far. I'm wondering if he can be a Chris Young type in the future.
Regardless, I'm going to throw him out there in my H2H league until he blows up.