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  • Aroldis Chapman

    54 43.90%
  • 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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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    Chapman I see as a 3-4 year phenom, unless he repairs successfully some of his serious delivery issues. Leake looks like a possible long lived guy.

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

    Chapman I see as a 3-4 year phenom, unless he repairs successfully some of his serious delivery issues.
    What delivery issues?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Superdude View Post
    What delivery issues?
    That's my question, too. What makes Chapman so intriguing is how easily he throws with such velocity and nasty stuff.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by camisadelgolf View Post
    That's my question, too. What makes Chapman so intriguing is how easily he throws with such velocity and nasty stuff.
    IIRC, that's what most of the scouts liken to Randy Johnson, right?
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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    Throwing a ball like that is unnatural. It comes more natural for some than most, which is why we see certain players with 'perfect' mechanics end up with arm injuries. If Chapman ends up with a slew of arm troubles, I really doubt it's a result of his mechanics.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by gedred69 View Post
    Chapman I see as a 3-4 year phenom, unless he repairs successfully some of his serious delivery issues. Leake looks like a possible long lived guy.
    I was under the impression that he had changed some of these mechanical issues he was having.
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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    Quote Originally Posted by KoryMac5 View Post
    I was under the impression that he had changed some of these mechanical issues he was having.
    That's what has been reported. I'm sure there's still more to fix, but he didn't have any glaring problems that would be difficult to change.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by KoryMac5 View Post
    I was under the impression that he had changed some of these mechanical issues he was having.
    He has, but they weren't because of concerns for injury, but that they were what was causing his inability to throw strikes as often as he wants to do so.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by thorn View Post
    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.
    I second that and look at Stewart in much the same light as Chapman. Leake is the "safe pick" to me and possibly could be the only one of the three that "sticks" as a starter. I see this as unlikely as I think all 3 have a chance to be TOR arms, but Leakes attributes gives him a higher chance for long-term sucess as a starter.
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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    Bump.

    One month later, anyone care to change their vote?
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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    Chapman -- didn't vote the first time around
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    Re: Which "Top Pitching Prospect" will have the better career?

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve View Post
    Chapman -- didn't vote the first time around
    Same here.

    The adult in me says that it has only been four Spring Training innings and that I should temper my excitement. But the kid in me says he's a future Cy Young winner. I'm the Frosted Mini Wheats of Aroldis Chapman fans.

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

    Hard to pick but given what we have seen of all of them Leake is the easiest choice for me. He might not have the best seasons but I think hes likely to last a long time in the league.


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