Another way to show just how improbable this season is.
DocPeterWimsey - Yesterday, 08:33 PM
I hope they don't draft Appel even if they have a shot
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 12:44 PM
player career w-l and era at age 25
Cliff Lee 17-12 4.88
Chris Carpenter(you know, the STL ace who won the World Series ) 34-50 5.04
James Shields 18-16 4.21
Ryan Vogelsong 8-25 6.41
Koufax 54-53 3.91
Halladay's first good year as a starter was at 25
am I saying Volstad and Wood will be these guys?...no....but a 25 year old pitcher is a prospect...not a finished project
Posted 17 January 2012 - 12:56 PM
Also interesting, two guys that you mentioned(Carp and Halladay) were scouted and drafted by none other than Tom Wilken. Good comparisons, I can remember seeing each of these guys at some point and time and thinking, "eh, there's not much there", especially on Roy Halladay. (Halladay and Volstad seem similar, not saying that Volstad is Halladay, just saying their numbers, size, and scouts opinion of them were similar at around the same age.)
Posted 17 January 2012 - 12:57 PM
You are right of course. Passing judgement on them would definitely be premature at this point.
Posted 17 January 2012 - 02:42 PM
These players have potentially bright futures. Baseball Operations looks at stats, narratives, scouting reports, character, body type; and they see potential. It's fun trying to figure out what they see; why are they buying this lottery ticket?
For every five guys they take this chance on; one or two will develop into someone they can trade up with, one or two will not develop much, and one just might become The Guy. It is going to make watching the season even more fun.
To your point about pitchers who deveop later this Albert Chen article on the cutter was pretty rich. Mentions your example, Sheilds. (Not my find. I found it on an excellent thread at a Boston site that was drilling down on our new pitcher, Melancon.)
Posted 17 January 2012 - 06:45 PM
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