Originally Posted by Kc61
Lecure K'd more guys in the minor leagues. 7.9 Ks per nine innings overall and slightly higher at AAA. And while Lecure was "only" 6'1", he was still more projectable than Rogers.
Sam Lecure also had some dominant stretches in the high minor leagues. I don't know where the idea comes from that Chad Rogers has a "better fastball and slider" than Lecure.
Lecure is not chopped liver, he was a successful minor league pitcher, and shows very good stuff in the Reds bullpen. I'd be thrilled if Rogers turns out as well as Sam did.
The idea comes from the fact that Chad Rogers has a better fastball than LeCure, for sure, and also has a darn good slider (so does LeCure, so I don't know who exactly has the better one, but both are quite good). LeCure is a tad taller, but he wasn't any more projectable. Rogers has better pure stuff than LeCure has. I could see Rogers having a better career.