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TornHammy wrote:Hochevar's worth a flier in deeper leagues. I would add him, sit him for his next start @DET, then make a judgement call after.
He has a few things going for him that you look for in a pitcher making "the leap" from year to year:
1. Former big time prospect
2. Third year in the bigs
3. Big jump in velocity
That third one is the key. Throughout his minor league and major league career he's been throwing his 4-seam FB around 91/92 mph, and all of a sudden in his first start of 2010 he's throwing it consistently at 94/95/96 where it was in college. He was also using the 2-seam FB far more in his first start then he did previsously, throwing it much harder and with a significant increase in movement. As you would expect, he induced a lot of groundballs. If he keeps all of this up, the K's will come and his numbers could be very good since the control has always been there.
This reminds me a little of Jon Lester who was touted as a good prospect, struggled for his first 200 MLB IP, and then out of nowhere he found an extra 2-3mph of velocity around July of 2008, and since then he's been an absolute beast.
You can do a lot worse than picking up Hochevar.
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