Originally Posted by The Rage
Stephenson topping out around 100 tells me he has one of those "elite" type of arms like Chapman. I would take a Verlander type approach and tell him to save the big gas for later in the game though.
I wonder how often he is over throwing to hit those numbers and how easy and natural that velocity is for him?
Does the pitch start to flatten out or does he still have some movement on the ball at that speed?
Where is he comfortable or sitting most of the time? Is he really ramping it up big time to hit 100 or is it just 3-4 mph?
Most high velo guys have to learn they are much better pitchers when they pitch at lower velocities - a notch below what they are able to maintain both to command pitches better and to conserve strength for when they need to reach back so they can "blow" it past the batter because it has a decent difference in speed to affect the hitter's timing. Plus as they get warm and loose throwing a bit less hard early they learn they are actually able to throw harder later in the game without losing either command or strength - we're seeing that this year with Homer.
Glad to hear he's got a hammer curve. Has anyone seen it? Is it a true 12-6? Does he come straight overhead or 3/4?
Man the early reports on Robert have been really encouraging, I hope this kid stays healthy!