Hot Stove Report: Diminished expectations meet Damon, Webb
Speaking of Wang, he's reportedly on the verge of signing. While Webb still warrants being drafted, Wang does not. Anyone who saw him pitch last year can attest that he simply was not the same guy who won 19 games in back-to-back seasons. The foot injury he suffered in 2008 clearly threw something off as he had a difficult time keeping the ball down in 2009 (9.64 ERA and 2.02 WHIP). Fantasy owners who think Wang will bounce back have to bank on him re-building his mechanics or reinventing himself. Neither of those paths sound likely. Unless you feel like blowing a draft pick on a risky pitcher with meager whiff potential (4.2 strikeouts per nine innings in his career), opt against drafting Wang.
Some surprising news surfaced this week as it was reported that
The Yankees are taking the training wheels off
1) He's not guaranteed a rotation spot. Chamberlain will battle four other pitchers (
2) Working almost exclusively as a starter last year, his average fastball velocity dropped to 92.5 mph (down from 95 in 2008).
3) Working strictly as a reliever in the post-season last year, Chamberlain flashed his 2007 form (7:1 strikeout to walk ratio in 6.1 innings). His stuff looked more crisp in pen, so the organization may consider putting him back in a relief role for good if his velocity remains down as a starter.
4) He was not coming at much of a discount before this news came out, being taken around the same time as
Chamberlain has dominated as a starter in the past. In 2007, he raced up the Yankees system in his first professional season with a beastly line: 9-2, 88.1 IP, 2.45 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 135 Ks in 18 games (15 starts). However, if he cannot regain the velocity and control that made him an immediate top prospect, he may have to settle for being
The Royals are letting