Originally Posted by jojo
I don't remember the poster but a proponent of Leake suggested he can improve to be a TOR arm (like a #2 guy I think would be a fair interpretation).
Is the argument that he can improve his command and possibly turn one of his pitches into something that misses bats and these changes are enough to transform him from the below average starter he has been into a #2ish type guy?
I'm having real trouble seeing the room between his head and ceiling concerning his command and stuff to allow that.....
It's easy to dream on a guy. "Da Dream" should be Homer's nickname. But Leake has kind of maxed out on the two biggests things that chage a pitcher-command/stuff and pitchability.
If you believe that a pitcher can control his home runs allowed, than you would have to believe that Leake can lower his. I think it's fair to say that he has lot of room of improvement in locating his pitches, at least locating 26 of them last season.
Remember, just the slightest improvement for a pitcher can yield substantial results. If he allowed half as many homers last season, and they were all solo, he would have an 3.92 ERA. I'm not smart enough to figure out his FIP, but I imagine it would be much better as well.