deerayfan072 wrote: The Jury wrote:
brandnew wrote:Hmm... nice start today. Is he worth dropping Bailey for?
Sonnantine is not nearly the prospect that Bailey is. Bailey has been projected to be a top end pitcher while Sonnantine is projected to settle in as a middle-to-end of the rotation starter. Keep in mind that pitcher have the ace up their sleeve when they start out in a new league, so you will want to think about 5 or 10 starts down the road and on. Last I found, Sonnanstine doesn't throw hard
, and his only plus pitch is his changeup. The AL East is also not a friendly division for pitchers.
Greg Maddux throw hard? You don't have to throw hard to get the job done. He moves the ball in and out, up and down and doesn't walk anyone. He lets his defense get him out of jams if he needs to. I am not saying to drop Bailey, but the guy can pitch and just b/c pitchers do not "throw hard" doesn't mean they can't pitch in a tough divison
I never that it was essential for a starter to throw hard, but rather was noting that he doesn't throw hard and that scouting reports I've read indicate that his only plus pitch is his changeup. It's definitely an advantage to have more velocity though - take a look at the top pitchers in baseball today: Santana, Oswalt, Peavy, Cain, Sheets, Halladay, Zambrano, Bonderman, Beckett, Clemens, Sabathia, etc. For every Greg Maddux "finesse freak" pitcher, there are a handful of successful pitcher who throw in the mid 90s.
As for the tough division, would you rather take a chance on pitcher in the AL East or one in any other division in baseball?
Per Roto Authority:
"23 year-old righty Andy Sonnanstine makes his big league debut tonight, facing off against Roy Halladay in Toronto. Should fantasy leaguers rush out to pick him up?
First, we turn to Baseball America for the scouting report. Interesting fact from BA: Sonnanstine's only plus pitch is a changeup he learned from Jamie Shields. He doesn't throw hard, but profiles as an innings-eater with fine control. Expectations are fairly low; most think he'll be a back-rotation starter.
Baseball Prospectus comparables among his top ten: Tomo Ohka, Justin Germano, Shaun Marcum, Dave Bush, Rodrigo Lopez. I think by now you're getting an idea of Sonnanstine's limited upside. His WHIP might be decent because of the low walk rate. He'll probably allow at least a hit per inning, but could have his career year when he beats that.
Sonnanstine will be susceptible to the home run, and his strikeout rate may be league average at best. Throw all that into the toughest division in baseball and you have a player you should avoid unless you're in a deep AL-only league."