Mookie4ever wrote:Once a 200K pitcher always a 200K pitcher?
Ask Zito and Loaiza.
There is some risk with Ollie. He had no control and couldn't hit the broad side of a barn last year. He had a 5.49 ERA and a 1.632 WHIP in 2003. He could lose it again because he was never known for his control.
That being said, I'm a big Ollie fan and think that he will be a good one to keep.
Last year? He had a 4/1 K/BB ratio and 3.5 BB per 9 innings. That's pretty damn good control for a 22 year old. And I'm not sure where his reputation for no control comes from, because it sure isn't in any of his minor league numbers. I watch him a lot, since the Pirates are close by, and he'll sometimes lose his release point, but that almost never happens any more and when it does he usually gets it back within an inning or so.
At age 22 Sheets had a 2/1 K/BB ratio and 3 BB per 9 innings.
Both guys showed similar tendencies in the minors, with Sheets having a little better control, but not a substantial advantage.
I think people are letting Sheets greater tenure in the major leagues outweigh the fact that Perez's youth should be counted in his favor. He pitched as well at age 22 as Sheets did at age 25.