Cornbread Maxwell wrote:Bonderman is terrible - you should forget about him now.
He did very well after the all-star break last season, and especially well in September after the Tigers' staff order him to stop overthinking and trust his stuff more. I'd like to hope he's finally learning how to pitch.
2004 Post All-Star
3.70 ERA - 1.10 WHIP - .211 BAA - 3.03 K/BB - 8.5 K/9IP
2.53 ERA - 1.05 WHIP - .199 BAA - 3.00 K/BB - 8.9 K/9IP
Those numbers are very, very impressive. And while the sample size may be very small, it is worth bearing in mind that Bonderman was only 21 years old last season; an age at which most pitchers are still in the minor leagues learning how to pitch professionally. Bonderman is only going to be 22 next season. I've got a question to pose:
If Bonderman didn't pitch in the majors at all in 2003, and was a late season call up after the all-star break last year for the Tigers, and he went on to post a 3.70 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and a .211 BAA in addition to striking out 85 batters in 90 innings while only walking 28 as a 21 year old, what kind of fantasy hype would he have going into 2005? A lot more than he currently does right now.
How many pitchers wouldn't get hit hard as a 20 year old in the majors in 2003 or stuggle for the first half of their 21 year old season? Give the kid a chance. He couldn't legally buy a drink until last season. He is still wet behind the ears.