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Carey Saders wrote:I really, really like what I see in this guy. His WHIP went down last year but his ERA went up (mostly due to some bad outtings). My gut tells me he's on the verge of breaking out. I find he compares with Ben Sheets in terms of development.
Let's look at a side by side comparison:
IP 183.0/H 173/HR 20/BB 68/K 146/ERA 4.08/WHIP 1.32/BAA .246
IP 216.2/H 237/HR 21/BB 70/K 170/ERA 4.15/WHIP 1.42/BAA .281
IP 199.1/H 204/HR 28/BB 52/K 153/ERA 4.61/WHIP 1.28/BAA .266
IP 220.2/H 232/HR 29/BB 43/K 157/ERA 4.45/WHIP 1.25/BAA .268
Pretty similar stats, huh? So will Eaton continue to parralel Sheets' development and have a break out year? My gut tells me yes.
LumberJack5 wrote:Honestly I think these are pretty bad comparisons. Yes Eaton is a breakout canidate but both Sheets and Schmidt gained velocity on their fastball after their surgery which helped them breakout. Their stuff in essance got better in the middle of their career. Eaton who throws 90-93, sometimes he can hit 94-95. If he could get a consisent 95 mph fastball like Sheets and Schmidt then I think he would have a better chance at breaking out. Eaton has a great park to pitch in and I think he will have his best season ever but I wouldnt look for him to put up Sheets/Schmidt #'s. Sheets #'s last year were off the charts, 264 K's, WHIP of 0.98. To expect numbers like that out of Eaton is crazy. I would expect Eaton to breakout but not to become the K pitchers than Sheets and Schimdt have become.
Yoda wrote:Sheets gained velocity on his fastball after surgery? When was this?
LumberJack5 wrote:Yoda wrote:Sheets gained velocity on his fastball after surgery? When was this?
Did you never see Sheets pitch last year? He was hitting 99 on the gun at times. And was consistently 95-97. Before his surgery he relied alot more on his great hook.
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