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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Ray View Post
    I agree in that the main difference is that the college kids are older and thus have three years under their belts.

    What about the factor of hard thrower vs junk baller? Does a Homer Baily or an Aroldis Chapman have a higher chance of being injured than a Mike Leake or a Bronson Arroyo. It seems to me that the physics of it would suggest that hard throwers are more at risk
    I don't know that we have seen such a study, but lets be honest.... Mike Leake throws slightly softer than Homer Bailey. Yes, in the terms of Major Leaguers, Bailey is a harder thrower, but we are really only talking about a small difference.

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    I'm glad to have Aroldis Chapman on my team but I do wonder how long his body can stand the rigors of throwing 100+ MPH. I don't think it's coincidental that Rob Dibble had a much shorter career than John Franco

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    Draftees prefer to sign major league contracts for financial reasons (i.e. less taxes).
    That, and it limits the amount of time they can be stuck in the minor leagues. It's why players like those deals and teams are reluctant to give them. In practice, it's very rare for anyone outside the top few college players to get a major-league deal. Lower draftees don't have the leverage, and it makes no sense to give one to a prep player, because he'll be out of options when he's 22, 23 years old.
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    I'm glad to have Aroldis Chapman on my team but I do wonder how long his body can stand the rigors of throwing 100+ MPH. I don't think it's coincidental that Rob Dibble had a much shorter career than John Franco
    Yeah, but Chapman's delivery looks so smooth and effortless. It doesn't seem like he's putting a lot of effort when he's throwing. Dibble, on the other hand, was kind of herky jerky and it seemed like his delivery was maximum effort.

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    The one thing I keep coming back to is that pitching coaches have said that the one thing they cannot teach is velocity. They can teach off speed pitches and breaking balls, but no one can teach a 95 mph fastball. That takes talent.

    And if you go to MLB.com or ESPN and go to their sortable pitching stats, check out the top 25 pitchers in the stats of ERA, WHIP, and K/9. Those three stats will give you a feel for the top pitchers in the game this season (I know there are other stats that folks swear by, but the bottom line is that these three stats usually pick out the pitchers most gurus agree are top pitching talent in baseball). What you will find is that of the top 25 pitchers in baseball today, 20 of them will have fastball that will consistently hit 92-93 mph or higher (considered to be a little better than average if you take an 89-90 mph fastball as average).
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    Re: Robert Stephenson Signed

    Quote Originally Posted by JKam View Post
    Yeah, but Chapman's delivery looks so smooth and effortless. It doesn't seem like he's putting a lot of effort when he's throwing. Dibble, on the other hand, was kind of herky jerky and it seemed like his delivery was maximum effort.
    I agree. I think this is Chapman's natural velocity and don't I believe he is overworking his body to accomplish this.

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    Not sure how many innings Stephenson has put oon his arm over the summer, but if it has been quite a few, I might work himm in relief for the rest of the AZL season, then let him participate in the Fall Instructional League.


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