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Postby hybrid » Tue May 11, 2004 12:40 am

I think Jeremy Bonderman belongs in the "not yet, but maybe someday" he has shown flashes of being a really good pitcher. Though it doesn't stand out at you, having an era last year in the 5's was pretty good for a 20 year old who never pitched above A ball before. He will only improve and is still the youngest pitcher in the majors I believe.
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Postby Freebird27 » Tue May 11, 2004 12:58 am

jmo wrote:What about Rich Harden? When he gets his control locked in, he'll be a stud. Dude looks like he's going to lob it up there, then the cannon firs and his ball explodes through the zone. His motion is so effortless it rminds me of a Fred Couples (golf) swing.


Good post! Harden will definately be a force..great stuff and is more than holding his own in his first season. Guy has Ace stuff and a great mental make-up. His last start VS the Yankees he gave up 4 runs in the 2nd (I think) and went on to shut em down the rest of the way and picked up the W

and I'll take Beckett over Zito every day of the week and twice on Sunday!
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Postby hybrid » Tue May 11, 2004 1:08 am

Freebird27 wrote:
jmo wrote:What about Rich Harden? When he gets his control locked in, he'll be a stud. Dude looks like he's going to lob it up there, then the cannon firs and his ball explodes through the zone. His motion is so effortless it rminds me of a Fred Couples (golf) swing.


Good post! Harden will definately be a force..great stuff and is more than holding his own in his first season. Guy has Ace stuff and a great mental make-up. His last start VS the Yankees he gave up 4 runs in the 2nd (I think) and went on to shut em down the rest of the way and picked up the W

and I'll take Beckett over Zito every day of the week and twice on Sunday!


oh one other thing on Harden, reports have said that he also threw a new pitch in the yanks game. he was throwing a splitfinger fastball, which he hasn't thrown since spring training. harden said he used it more when he got ahead in the counts. an extra pitch on a good looking young pitcher never hurts. ;-D
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Postby Ender » Tue May 11, 2004 1:12 am

Looking at that list I'd move peavy and Penny up as well. Peavy simply from the park he gets to pitch in, penny from the year he's had this year, even if I don't think it will last.
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Postby Freebird27 » Tue May 11, 2004 1:19 am

Great Info Hybrid....A good splitter along with that 96 mph gas...definitely a future stud IMO. HIs fastball actually seems to pick up speed after he releases it.
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Postby SweetLou311 » Tue May 11, 2004 1:20 pm

How about Ben Sheets? Although he's in Milwaukee right now and not getting any publicity he's putting up some good numbers so far this year.

Averaging 9.43 K/9 innings
Opposing hitters only hitting .228 off of him.

It seems like he's getting it together and is doing good right now.

I'd say he's got to be in the third tier for sure.
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Postby Ender » Tue May 11, 2004 2:40 pm

Yeah Sheets velocity is up, he's always had a great curve and he added a change up that he is getting comfortable with. His only potential issue is he has back problems that may cause him some IP's here and there. I think he can keep up the numbers he is posting this year so far all season, unfortunately though I love the Brewers, they aren't gonna make it to .500 this year which is going to lower his Wins.
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Postby Real Deal » Tue May 11, 2004 5:20 pm

anybody else...bump...
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Postby Manfred » Tue May 11, 2004 5:42 pm

I'd move Webb up to the top tier. He is flat out nasty. He might be the best pitcher of the bunch.
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Postby RynMan » Tue May 11, 2004 5:49 pm

THANK you!!! i was wondering when someone was gonna mention Ben Sheets, man he has some nasty stuff. He is the next Kerry Wood.
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