Juan Carlos Sulbaran
Roenicke has been highly effective at every level. BA voted him the best relief candidate in High A FSL in 2007. He has a big time fastball which puts him in the class of potential top late inning relievers and has harnessed it well in the upper minors.
He's more than potential, he's performance. Take the time to look at the numbers -- he's advanced quicky and done well at every level.
Very few relievers have two great pitches. It's just a question of knowing when to go with the secondary pitch and when to stick to the fastball. Roenicke is almost there. I saw his September callup, he didn't seem comfortable and didn't get much of a chance. I think those few innings are meaningless.
I can see folks putting him behind Lotzkar and Stewart -- I think it's close and don't necessarily agree, but I can see it. But behind Maloney and Ramirez, nah.
Last edited by Kc61; 11-16-2008 at 05:14 PM.
The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.
Suck it up cupcake.
"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."
Pitchers cannot control the percentage of fly balls that leave the park. The only ways that pitchers control their HR rates are to strike out batters so less balls are put in play, or force the balls that are in play to be hit on the ground.
When Matt Maloney allowed only 5 HR in 169 IP in 2006, it didn't mean he had a magical ability to prevent fly balls from going out. When he gave up 18 HR last year, it didn't mean he had converted from being the best in world at preventing HRs to suddenly being the worst at it. In 2006 he was really lucky. Last year he was really unlucky. Neither has any bearing on his future.
And another in a long line of "disproving ridiculous comparisons to Matt Maloney":
Jeremy Sowers, age 24, AAA: 5.7 K/9
Matt Maloney, age 24, AAA: 8.4 K/9
They're twins I tell you!
As for your Sowers numbers.... those were after he had already thrown 90 innings in the majors. Sowers from age 22-23 he allowed 219 hits in 256.2 innings and he struck out 203 batters and walked just 58 batters. Eventually it all caught up to him because he didn't have a plus pitch and threw in the high 80's. Guys that don't have good velocity better have a plus pitch to go with very good control or they are going to be in trouble in the majors. Sowers stuff is very comparable to that of Matt Maloney. Very comparable in both speeds of pitches thrown, as well as all 4 of the same pitches.
I think the problem is that you two have different definitions of 'chance'. Let's move on, shall we?