Originally Posted by dougdirt
A 4.60 ERA in the California League.... That ranked 13th among qualified starters in the league. Now, not all pitchers stayed in the league long enough to qualify, so there is that at play too. But, the league's ERA was 4.89. So he was better than average while being young for the league.
As for where he was on this list last year.... That doesn't do much good this year. His stuff took a step forward. His control took a step forward. Those two combined took his game a big step forward. I think you are drastically underrating him if you have him in the 30-35 range.
The 30-35 was before the trade, so he's moved up since then, into the high 20s. I respect the difficulty of the level, but there are just so many guys in the system competing with him right now, like Vidal, Lutz, Wright, Buckley, LaMarre, Crabbe, Waldrop and Phipps, all of whom I have above Sulbaran.
I compare Sulbaran to Crabbe; plus fastball and a plus secondary pitch, with a third as a work in progress. Both have great peripherals and K/BB rates, and struggle with inconsistency. The difference is that Crabbe put up better numbers than Sulbaran at the same level and the year before, and supposedly has better intangibles (though is a year or two older).