Originally Posted by Patrick Bateman
I mostly agree with Brutus, but we also have to remember that Bailey came up to MLB fairly young. He would hardly be the first 28-30 year old starting pitcher to make another jump.
Very true. Pitchers tend to improve less linearly than hitters do, or at least that's my impression. Bailey probably is what he is for now, but it's not out of the question he couldn't figure something out later that takes him to another level.
As for Leake, I don't really buy the "this is all there is" argument some have made. It's easy to forget he's 18 months younger than Bailey and had enough talent to get major-league hitters out without even touching the minor leagues. Granting he doesn't have the top-end velocity many other guys do, he's the guy I'd bet on to keep coming up with tweaks and adjustments to get better.