Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
Doug, I didn't know you had to see someone pitch live in order to read their statistics. I've seen Cingrani pitch on video and I like his mechanics. Sorry I missed his career at Rice. I also didn't make it to as many games in Billings, Bakersfield and Pensacola that I usually do. That crazy work sked I tell ya!
So, tell me, what part about his stats are confusing? I need to see him pitch live to better understand the fact he's dominated since the first time he took the mound as a pro?
Yeah, didn't think so. Nice try though.
None of his stats are confusing. But stats don't just hop on over to the Majors. What you need to actually SEE from him is HOW he is getting the strikeouts. Donnie Joseph in 2010 was dominant. Here is what I wrote about him, after watching him a whole bunch, after the season:
The one thing that could slow down his rise is his inconsistencies in throwing his slider for strikes at times and more advanced hitters were able to lay off of the pitch when it was clearly out of the zone.
Fast forward to the 2011 season and what happened? He went up a level and there were a lot more guys who were able to find his weakness and exploit it. He walked a ton of guys and gave up a ton of hits.
What has he done in 2012? Figured out how to throw his slider in the strikezone and he is back to dominating.
But if you simply looked at his stats from 2010, then there was no way his 2011 was possible or predictable.
You need to watch minor leaguers play to accurately assess them. So you do need to actually watch them play to have a good idea of what they will be able to do at the MLB level.