Skin Blues wrote:Beachy made it to the 6th inning in all but 3 of his starts last year. Not bad for a rookie.
I'll take the pitcher that struck out 57 more batters in 47 less innings.
Seriously, look at these numbers: 28.6 K%, 7.8 BB% versus 15.1%, 9.3%. It's a pretty wide gap in skill.
But a skill gap that isn't supported by minor league track records. Beachy will likely K a few less this year and Hellickson a good bit more. I still like Beachy more but it isn't usually a good idea to lock in a skill set to a 1st year player. Beachy has the NL think going for him which is a pretty significant thing when compared to pitching in the AL East, though the Rays probably have the best defense in baseball which limits the damage some for their pitchers.