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  • Mike Leake

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  • Zach Stewart

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Thread: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

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    Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    And who will reach the bigs (as a SP) first?
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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    I took Leake, seems like someone that has a better chance to stay healthy and could develope into a Maddox type pitcher (Control vs. Power) and have a longer career. I think Chapman could have better seasons, just not a long career, IMO.

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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    Hey, I love whining about losing Stewart as much as the next guy, but he's gone. Why not have Wood in the poll instead?
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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

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    Hey, I love whining about losing Stewart as much as the next guy, but he's gone. Why not have Wood in the poll instead?
    While I like Travis Wood, I think it is pretty clear that Wood's upside is not as high as these three.

    I would vote both Leake and Chapman ahead of Stewart. If the results corroborate that, people will have to ask themselves if they're happy (in hindsight) with the way things worked out. Assuming Rolen can stay healthy for at least 100 games in these next couple years- and that's a big assumption- I can now say that I am (and I hated the trade at the time.)

    Would I have made that trade? No way. Am I now relatively pleased with how it shook out? I think so.

    Of course, we can revisit this two years from now, and there might be an entirely different picture.
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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    I went with Leake. He has the lowest upside of the three, but he is far and away the safest too. He can already throw multiple pitches for strikes (so can Stewart). He has shown he can throw 140 innings in a season (neither of the other two have).

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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    I'll go Chapman, Leake, and Stewart in that order. And I think very highly of Stewart, I just think Chapman and Leake will be better. I see Chapman as a bondafide number one starter and Leake as a very solid number two starter. Stewart also has the upside of a number two starter, or he could be a dominant back-end bullpen arm, it all depends on where he's needed.

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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    Chapman, Stewart, Leake is the order of how I think they will turn out if they all were to reach their ceilings. But I am the type who goes with the odds and I think Leake has the best odds to have a good solid career.
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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    Chapman has the best stuff and is youngest (something we overlook in its importance). He's also going to pitch for an apparently decent squad for at least the next five years. Because of his contract, even if he stinks, he'll be given every shot to produce. None of this mentions that he's left-handed, and, despite doug's insistence that it means nothing, lefties with plus stuff are rarer and therefore more likely to be struggled against. (And lefties with his stuff are rare indeed-- I can think of none in the majors with his reported FB.)

    Leake has a high floor and is likely to be at least decent, but he's small and small pitchers can flame out quickly.

    Stewart has had a good minor league season.
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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    Chapman, Stewart, Leake, Wood in that order.
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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    I think Stewart will reach the majors first, and I think Leake will have the best career.

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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    Leake. I agree with the view that he has the lowest ceiling, but the highest probability of a long career.

    From what I have read about him, Leake seems like a level headed, student of the game who finds ways to win.

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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    1. Leake
    2. Chapman
    3. Wood

    Don't think Stewart will see much time as a starter. I think what puts Leake over the top is his athleticism. Chapman is a wild card but has the best pure stuff. Wood I think could be an end of the rotation starter or a change of pace starter.

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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    I went with Leake. He has the lowest upside of the three, but he is far and away the safest too. He can already throw multiple pitches for strikes (so can Stewart). He has shown he can throw 140 innings in a season (neither of the other two have).
    Agreed as I went with Leake also.

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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    Leake...for the reasons Doug mentioned. He's the surest bet of the bunch, even if his ceiling is the lowest.

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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    Quote Originally Posted by camisadelgolf View Post
    I think Stewart will reach the majors first, and I think Leake will have the best career.
    I agree with that assessment, and voted for Stewart as well. Rumors have it that Toronto is looking to deal some young pitching which could open the door for Stewie to slide in.
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