Originally Posted by RED VAN HOT
The consensus view of Cingrani seems to be that he has a plus fastball and control, but that the absence of consistent secondary pitches is likely to put him in the bullpen.
My question is this. What is it about top HS arms drafted in the first round that makes them profile as future starters? Have they already shown polished secondary pitches? It seems to me that often these kids have earned their high draft status on the basis of plus fastballs and a projectable frame. Are they viewed as having more time to develop their secondary pitches, as opposed to Cingrani who is approaching 23 yo?
They generally already have above-average velocity and have shown at least a potentially plus breaking ball, though 99% of them are very inconsistent with said breaking ball. They clearly have more time to develop secondary stuff than a 23 year old does.