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deerayfan072 wrote:Word I have heard is that the spot is between Hammel and Niemann and Hammel has the edge and is more than likely going to get it. I have no idea why they would give it to him over Niemann though. Niemann is the better spec, better pitcher, and has pitched better in the Spring. It should go to Niemann if they aren't giving it to Price.
deerayfan072 wrote:Omaha Red Sox wrote:Following this trade it pushes Niemann into the 5th spot, however, with Niemann's velocity decreasing over the past couple years, you wouldn't think he'd hold that position away from Price for too long.
They will have Price up here sometime this year, it is just going to depend on when. They are controling his innings so he is fresh late. Niemann has a lot of upside and has looked good. Price is better than almost the entire staff, so someone will go for him, but it may not be Niemann if he lives up to his potential. IMO, they are hoping Niemann pitches great and they can move him.
deerayfan072 wrote:No way he matches what he was supposed to out of Rice. He was way overused and then had elbow problems to add to it. He doesn't throw as hard as he once did, but he has gotten better control. I still think he can be a solid pitcher and a great closer if ever moved there.
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