Originally Posted by muddie
Donnie Joseph is getting a lot of attention after his 2010 season and deservedly so. Having said that, I believe Justin Freeman is a guy that is somewhat under the radar at this point and should be a guy to watch in 2011. I think that right now he is pretty much in DJ's shadow but Freeman's numbers make a strong case for more observation in 2011.
Innings Pitched for Joseph last year, 65. Freeman was at 66.2.
DJ issued 25 free passes, Freeman issued nine.
Joseph K'd 103 batter while Freeman K'd 58.
DJ gave up 22 runs to Freeman's 20.
On paper, these guys aren't far apart at all. Both did well last year and I look forward to their continued development this summer. Keep an eye on Freeman. I'm kind of hyped about what he brings to the table.
I'd have to think the thing that separates them is the K's, DJ is well, well over a K per IP (actually he is closer to 2 per which is unreal) whereas Freeman is under a K per IP. Sure Joseph still needs a bit of polish and could conceivably get his walks under control but Freeman (and just basing this off of the numbers you are showing here because I don't know anything about him) doesn't seem like the type who will get his K's per IP much over 1 if at all. But perhaps Freeman has just been more inclined to pitch to contact (he certainly shows good command/control with those W/IP #'s). I don't know but if he has actually been trying to K guys then he isn't overly talented apparently. Just throwing that out there.