Originally Posted by dougdirt
I don't know if that is entirely true. Dan Haren throws some type of fastball (be it a 2 seamer, sinker or cutter) 93% of the time in the mid to high 80's. Certainly no top of the rotation guy at this point, but successful. Tim Hudson throws his combo of fastballs 89% of the time in that high 80's range. He was pretty good this season.
There are of course examples too where it doesn't work.
I'm not saying there is no chance he will pan out as a starter. He very well might. I'm just saying his OUTSTANDING statistical season is misleading, and that he is not the kind of prospect those numbers would indicate.
IMO, he is a good prospect, not a great one, despite putting up a statistically great season. Clearly, California league managers feel the same way. They felt he was a good enough prospect to make the list but not good enough to make the top 10, despite putting up outrageous numbers during his time in the league.