Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal. ~George Will
24 Years and Counting...
He's 21. I don't think any of us can make a judgment one way or the other about what he'll be.
Here's hoping for the best.... we could certainly use some good fortune
Get your nunchucks and the keys to your dad's car. I know where we can get a gun
I apologize if that was not the case.
What would make you take Bailey over Zambrano in the future?
Zambrano, to me, seems to be our generation's Nolan Ryan. Dominating and electric stuff one start, walks a minivan full of guys the next. Definitely a candidate to lead a league in Ks and BBs at the same time.
That being said, I hope Bailey ends up being 75% of either of them.
How about Cueto.... how many times have you seen him pitch? Cueto has thrown 96 before. Plenty of people have seen it. People with their own radar guns. Does he throw it often? Absolutely not. Has he thrown that hard before? Absolutely.
For what its worth though on Bailey 'not throwing 98', On 9/25/2007 Bailey had 2 pitches register on the pitchf/x system at 97.77 and 97.55 MPH. I have a feeling that he has probably thrown just a little bit harder sometime in his career than he happened to on that day. Its amazing that when a guy has a healthy groin he can all of a sudden throw harder. That same start he had 19 fastballs at or above 95 MPH.
Bailey legitimately works between 92 and 96 mph during a game. He averaged 93 mph on the 246 fastballs captured by the pitch f/x system in his major league debut. That velocity coupled with the movement he gets makes his fastball a bonafide plus pitch.
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From what I've seen of Cueto, his FB seems to be a little more heavy that Bailey's. Obviously I'm no scout, but Cueto seems to use his FB more effectively and at better opportunities than Bailey, who still seems to be in love with his FB. Bailey's FB is a plus pitch, I just wish he used it better and more effectively.
Once he finds/gains some command and control, that will be the impact hurdle for Bailey. He might actually turn out to be a TOR guy if he's able to develop some command and control.
And I stand corrected, looks like Bailey can dial it up a little more for 1 pitch than Cueto.