eazyb81 wrote:PlayingWithFire wrote:NatsFan10 wrote:PlayingWithFire wrote:Zack Greinke is(was) a can't miss prospect and a ton other were considered very good prospect and none of them really succeeded for a prolong time as far as I remember. I'd much much much rather have even proven A+ guys like Adenhart, Garza than Hochevar at this point.
With that said, I hope Hochevar pays off
Well, one, Greinke is far from a bust at this point. He had a great breakthrough appearance in 04, obviously an awful 05 which appears like it was due in part to his psychological issues, and is looking good so far in AA. He is still only 22 and has ace stuff and command, so I am FAR from ready to give up on him.
Two, is your decision to put Adenhart and Garza above Hochevar at this point based PURELY on what organization Hochevar is with now? If so, I think that is pretty narrow-minded. Hochevar isn't a high school pitcher, he is a very advanced college "plus" pitcher that is not going to need much development. Let's at least judge him and the rest of the pitchers on their own individual ability rather than subjective factors.
the decision is not purely on the organization at this point, but if you are a Royals fan you have to wonder how Hochevar will work out(as I'm typing this, a few other names popped up in my head, Chris George, Kyle Snyder. Ugh.). And who said Adenhart and Garza don't have ability? Garza was a first round draft pick and is up to AA now and is doing excellent(1.90 ERA, 6/30 bb/k in 23.2 innings, 0.72WHIP). Adenhart isn't doing as well but before he had TJ right after high school he was just as hyped as Homer Bailey and he's in good hand in the Angel's system.
First off, my family is from KC and I can help you continue your list with names such as Colt Griffin, Jimmy Gobble, Mike Stodolka, Jeff Austin, Jim Pittsley.......i'll be here all day.
However, my point is that we should judge the pitchers based solely on their individual ability. And I never said Adenhart or Garza don't have ability, I just feel that Hochevar has more.
are you also NatsFan10? Just curious.
Anyway, we'll see in 2-3 years, maybe as early as next year. If history has taught(SP?) us anything it's that baseball's #1 pick don't even have a 50/50 chance of paying out(ask Padres fans how they feel about Bush).
Any input hybrid?
On another note: Greinke is not done, he'll have a great future ahead of him if he ever get his "personal" problem straightened out.
As to Gobble, he probably should be in the rotation right now and I think he could be a good end of rotation guy in the future.