Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Don't see it -- he's too slight of a guy to really add velocity, and his command doesn't need much improving. His problem is that he can't throw hard enough to really worry hitters with his fastball, and his secondary offerings aren't deceptive enough to induce a lot of swings and misses.
I disagree about his command not needing improvement.
I think a big chunk of his gopher problem is because he gets wild in the strikezone and leaves pitches hanging up in the zone a little too often. As he matures and gains more command/consistency with his pitches, I expect we'll see his HR rate drop to something more in line with what you would expect out of a ground ball pitcher.