rmande09 wrote:Olsen has good potential but comparing it to Verlander's and Cain's is crazy. Olsen could be a 1A, not a true ace but close. Cain and Verlander can be aces with Cy Young potential.
You sound like a Cain homer.IMO Olsen could be as good as anyone of those pitchers mentioned.How is it crazy to compare those three guys?Verlanders K/9 is scary and has never pitched over 130INN.Olsen has better numbers than Cain and is a lefty.Olsen throws in the mid 90s with a sick change and a nasty slider.I like Cain but he has some really bad control problems.
I was talking ceiling's. Like I said, Cain has top 5 stuff in baseball. He has a high-90s fastball that explodes at the end, a hammer curve that is very good, and a high-80s change. His fastball and hook are plus-plus pitches, and his change is above average. Cain has a ways to go to reach his ceiling, but his ceiling is as high as any other pitcher in baseball.
Olsen is very good. I'm not saying otherwise. But his stuff and make-up does not project him nearly as well as Verlander and Cain. Could he end up being better? Sure. He has very good stuff.
What's so impressive about Verlander is that he has always had a high-K rate. Through college, through his 120 minor league innings. He got to the Bigs and learned how to pitch. He lets guys put it in play so he can last deep into games. He averages nearly 7 innings per start despite a short leash. His K rate has slowly gone up over the season. I don't know what there is to not like about a guy who has that kind of stuff, that kind of makeup, and that kind of ability to pitch. And he's only a year out of college and 23.