ghostfacek wrote:How come Mike Maddux doesn't get any credit as a pitching coach? He did a good job with Sheets, Kolb, and Doug Davis last year.. nobody has the track record that Mazzone has, but maybe this guy can help Capellan.. i wouldn't count him out this year as a fantasy option
Maddux may be a very good pitching coach. But if a player is unable or unwilling (don't know if either is the case with Capellan) to learn a new pitch, it won't matter how good the pitching coach is. There are countless examples of pitching prospects with every team that could never make the jump as they lacked the ability to consistently throw strikes with 3 pitches. Two good pitches (with 1 being a 100 fastball) can make you an excellent reliever though. If Capellan learns the change-up, he could very well be a front of the rotation starter. Maybe Maddux can do it. But based on the Braves track record (only Schmidt so far has proven them wrong), my guess is they feel he can't do it, so they traded a young future reliever for a more proven one.