Originally Posted by M2
That's nice. When the actual talent people begin to get these things right with some reasonable degree of accuracy, I'll put more stock in what they have to say. The baseball industry is extremely fickle when it comes to young talent. To a degree it's like asking pre-teen girls which boy idol they prefer. The answer is sure to change soon enough.
I understand Bailey's the favorite with the talent oddsmakers at this time, the supposed stub in the stables, but two of the best starting pitchers I've ever seen are short fellows - Pedro Martinez and Johan Santana.
My general take is that Bailey's been overrated. That doesn't mean he's not going to be an ace pitcher someday, just that he's never been quite as complete a package as his hype has insisted. That's not his fault. He's just a kid trying to make it in an extremely competitive game. IMO, his hype has done his development no favors. Cueto's going to get the 150+ IP in the minors that Bailey could sorely use at this juncture ... and that might be the sort of thing that tips the scales. Might not be.
The next three years are going to be major tests for both of these kids. To an extent they have to survive these tweener years in order to come out the other side a quality pitcher. The hardest work is in front of them.
i like the way this guy thinks....
it's what i've been tryin to say is homer is over-rated and shouldn't be as hyped up as people think. and that cueto WILL be a better pitcher than homer.