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Even his changeup is hard, at 88-90 mph, and can also be a plus offering at times.
This is a good thing?
It could be. If he throws it with the same delivery and arm speed that he throws his fastball with the slight difference in speed and any difference in trajectory makes him that much harder to hit. Stephen Strasburg did pretty well with his changeup, and that averaged 89.7 mph.
b)114.1ip, 103h, 24bb, 119k, 6-8, 3.31 ERA
I still can't fathom how, of these two teammates:
a)136.2ip, 73h, 36bb, 203k, 13-2, 1.25 ERA
b)114.1ip, 103h, 24bb, 119k, 6-8, 3.31 ERA
that pitcher b is considered the superior prospect.
How does this work for the Astros? Is McLane still setting the budget or does Crane have input? Technically McLane still owns the team, right? Is this a case where they are going on the cheap because McLane isn't interested in spending money on a product he is going to own for another few months while Crane cannot spend the money because it isn't his team yet?
At his age Cole should have an idea how to strike people out, how to keep hitters off balance. That he doesn't is a major red flag in my book.
The Astros have denied the report in #6, and Keith Law tweeted that he does not think that the Astros have Reed (the pitcher in question)in the mix for the No. 11 position. The best I can tell is that this is just a rumor.
If you look at all of the pitchers taken #1 overall and how almost all of them have flopped it is a lot of cases of "threw really hard but never developed control" mixed in with a bunch of injuries.
If he doesn't know how to do it, then how did he strike out so many guys in 2010?
yeah Yao Ming is tall, but was he really the best player to draft that year?
Yao turned out pretty well. You might want to cite Michael Olawakandi for that argument (or maybe Kwame Brown.)
There are flops and there are flops...when you are talking #1 pick a player like Ben McDonald is a flop.
In other words, who would you take if given the choice between Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera?
none are all that far ahead of McDonald
Looking at the list of #1 picks I don't think McDonald qualifies as a "flop." He's 16th in WAR among #1 picks (with Price, Hamilton and Justin Upton likely to pass him). The #1 picks have worked out as well as McDonald slightly less often than they have worked out better. Obviously you want to hit a home run with such a pick but the fact is that is a pretty rare event.
had a waaaay better career than the top college guys (picks 2-4: Jay Williams, Mike Dunleavy, Drew Gooden)
But Cole represents the continual drafting of the 7' + centers with no solid skills, because "you can't teach height" yeah Yao Ming is tall, but was he really the best player to draft that year?
Big asterisk on that first one, of course.
Over on minorleagueball there are guys saying that Rendon has structural damage to his shoulder which might make him fall in the draft.
Evan Frederickson is out of baseball
I personally hope it isn't true, Rendon sounds like an intriguing prospect for the Mariners to pick up.
I don't think he's worth taking at #2.
Which also cost him his strikeout rate. Cole is a good pitcher and very good prospect, but what worries people is that a lot of that is projectability and the fact that he throws a 100mph fastball here and there. In the perfect world you want your #1 to be a guy who is actually already dominating at his level.
Why is Pittsburgh so set on Cole? Why not take Bauer, who seems to better off at this point?
Because the question isn't who's better today, but who'll provide more value over the first six years of his major league career. If you put both kids in the majors tonight, I'd guess Bauer has the better rest of the season. But I think Cole has much more value over the long term.
Cole is easily 3 years away from sniffing MLB
Let me get this straight, you are drafting a college junior, who you think is at least three years away from the majors with the first overall pick? I am sorry, that IS NOT a prospect! Can you name a single college pitcher that took three years to reach the majors that merited a first round pick?
Looking at the last ten years, the top five college pitchers drafted in terms of potential would be some order of Strasburg, Lincecum, Verlander, Prior and Price.
All of them were in the majors, throwing at an above average level, within a year of signing except for Price who took 13 months.
If you can't project a guy to fit into that group, and project him as a major leaguer in a year or less, than you have to wonder if you wouldn't be better off with a third baseman.
Buy you're assuming that the team is interested in a pitcher that will be up quickly. If they believe that Cole has a higher ceiling than Bauer, but it will take him an extra year or two to get there, maybe they think the tradeoff is worth it.,
Actually, I haven't heard anyone explain his decline throughout the season...
why, mike? he looks more like a 2b to me, but...
do you think his shoulder won't recover?
They are in desperate need of an impact bat and leave Springer on the board.
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