Ender wrote:I will go out on a limb and say that Gallardo will be better than Cain or Lincecum for this season. He will be better than every tier 2 pitcher you listed except maybe Felix. That is for this year only, Gallardo doesn't have quite the upside of Lincecum but he is more polished and on a better team.
I agree with this. I think Yo has the stuff, command, and composure to be a very good starting pitcher, this year. Lincecum has the pure stuff to be truly dominant, and a clear step above Gallardo. I'm just not sure it happens this year. So it depends how you're ranking these guys, in my humble opinion. For this season, I'll take Yo. If I were starting a franchise...I'd most likely take Lincecum.
Also, as talented as Liriano could be, I'd be hesitant to put him quite so highly on a list filled with tremendous young talents. I need to see him return to pre-injury form first. Looking at production this season, I'd probably go:
Again, that's just for this season. If we're talking long-term prospects, that would need to be shuffled quite a bit.