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Well, the two most highly-hyped prospects in baseball --
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Despite his young age, Strasburg is going to be a Top 12 starter for the rest of the year. You will undoubtedly see him near the top of
There are only two negatives associated with Strasburg for the season. First, he will struggle to rack up wins on a poor Nationals squad. Sure, this is an organization moving in the right direction, but they still have a ways to go. Second, Strasburg will almost inevitably be shutdown at the beginning of September when he reaches his innings limit. Thus, you won't have the "S.S. Express" around down the fantasy stretch.
Enjoy Strasburg's first start Tuesday night. If you've never seen him pitch, you're in for quite an experience. This dude is worth every ounce of the publicity.
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The 6-5, 230-pound Pomeranz was an absolute beast in '10 with a 9-2 record, 2.24 ERA, 139 Ks, 49 BBs, and a .195 BAA in 100.2 IP. The Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year has a three-pitch arsenal that includes a 88-93 mph heater, 12-to-6 knuckle-curve, and a straight changeup. The knuckle-curve is his signature pitch and one Pomeranz told us he has thrown since he was 11 years old. Seriously, can you imagine stepping to into the box in middle school and seeing that knee-buckling pitch cross the plate? Fun times for those kids.
The scary part (for hitters) is Pomeranz believes his knuckle-curve has more room for growth because he has the ability to put a screwball-like action on the pitch when he changes his arm motion. As far as the change, Pomeranz conceded he "didn't have a need" to use the pitch much in college, but he plans to develop the offering more in the pros. In this prospect hound's humble opinion, whether he masters the change will dictate whether Pomeranz is a strong No. 3 starter or an above average No. 2. Unlike in college, where Pomeranz said he was reluctant to throw the pitch because it "sped up college bats," in the pros he will need it to keep advanced hitters off-balance.
Pomeranz has been a workhorse pitcher throughout his career. He told us pitch counts and innings pitched are things he "doesn't think about." You gotta love that mentality. From a fantasy standpoint, it's a huge advantage to own a pitcher who wants the ball and is willing to be an innings-eater. The more innings our starters hurl, the more stats they can compile. Notably, Pomeranz had a period this year where he had some control woes. He told us it was a "rhythm thing" and that he was "thinking too much." As he pointed out, he corrected the issue and only had six walks in his last 21 innings. In other words, Pomeranz is telling us all to chill when it comes to control questions. Consider me chilled.
As expected, Pomeranz had no preference for where he was drafted (which was Cleveland). I can tell you one thing. He will advance quickly no matter where he lands because of his experiences in college. Further, he will be a sweet fantasy cog due to his ability to pile up strikeouts. Target Pomeranz early in your keeper leagues.
One final note from the Pomeranz interview. He informed us
Mad-Bum has taken a public beating over the past eight months because his fastball velocity dipped to the high-80s at the end of last season and into the beginning of '10. Yeah, the critics just brushed aside Bumgarner's 12-2, 1.85 ERA, and .211 BAA numbers during the '09 season and focused on this diminished velocity. Silly. The 6-4, 215-pound southpaw's stock fell drastically in April when he posted a 6.50 ERA and .373 BAA at Triple-A. In fact, in keeper leagues, you could have stolen this kid a month ago because of all the nega-hype. Bumgarner turned it around in May: 38.1 IP, 0.94 ERA, 28 Ks, 10 BB, 0 HRs allowed, and a .225 BAA. Significantly, for his vocal critics, Bumgarner got his fastball back in the low-90s range. This lefty is going to grab
Now that Strasburg is in the majors, "Hellboy" wears the "best pitcher in the minors" label. It's time to start the public petitions to get this dude in "The Show" ASAP. In 12 Triple-A starts, Hellickson has a 2.28 ERA, 9.00 strikeouts per nine innings, 2.15 walks per nine innings, and .238 batting average against. His signature pitch in the bigs will be his changeup because it has nice late movement and a perfect differential in velocity from his heater.
Keep a close eye on Arrieta if only because
All statistics as of June 6, 2010.