jackie hayes wrote:Rookies are always a risk, and he's on a very bad team. That said, I picked him up in a bunch of leagues after that start. (Or before, and then decided to hold onto him.) The control was there, the fastball was great after the first inning, the slurve and changeup may not be all there, but they looked serviceable. It's tough to know how he'll wear down as the season goes along, but I'm happy throwing him out there for now.
I'm guessing a strikeout rate of 8 and change per 9, walks of about 3.5 per 9, an era around 4. Pure guess, based on minor league stats, age, and how he looked. Home runs are a concern, and wins may be hard to come by. But overall, I'm a believer.
Mea culpa. Unreal. I was thinking an era of about 3.50 to start, and tiring down the stretch. The first part looks about right, but instead of tiring, he's become the best pitcher in the game.