Re: Friday July 27 Minor League Updates
I think most guys with Stephenson's kind of stuff would benefit greatly if they could start developing Cueto's approach later in their minor league development. Namely, in the immortal words of Crash Davis: "Relax, all right? Don't try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic."
Cueto comes across to me as a really, really smart pitcher. Occassionally, I see someone talk about his strikeouts "being down" and I just think they don't realize what he's doing. He's not trying to strike people out - but when he needs to he can and usually does, because he's still got fuel in the tank that he's been storing. I'm sure it takes a special pitcher with super confidence to be able to do what Cueto does - and maybe you also have to be able to change speeds well to sucessfully pull it off - but I think guys with big arms who can pitch like that are going to be very successful.