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Jack Parkman

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  1. 6 minutes ago, Look at Ray Ray Run said:

    What is easier to teach Jack, above average to top tier spin rates or carry?

    I honestly don't know but it seems like spin rate doesn't matter as much as carry. 

    Giolito has average spin but elite carry and he generates tons of whiffs. 

    Cease has elite spin but below average carry and he doesn't get nearly as many whiffs. 


  2. 6 minutes ago, Look at Ray Ray Run said:

    Harden was awesome? He just couldn't stay healthy. If Rich Harden could stay healthy he would have been a star.

    And I have no idea what you mean by carry. Cease has above average spin rates that he gets a bit on the side of still. His carry isn't bad, it just isn't exceptional but guess what? You don't need exceptional carry when you throw 99 MPH Jack. I feel like you read Fegans article and just completely misunderstood what was being said.

    I'll disagree with you here. Cease doesn't miss bats with his fastball like you think he should at 97mph. Neither did Lopez when he was healthy. Both had below average carry. 

    My point is 99 with bad carry is still very hittable. 

    At the same time, Giolito lost 1 mph on his fastball this year but is still generating tons of whiffs. He has elite carry. Watch the games, and the eye test verifies this. 

  3. 5 minutes ago, Harold's Leg Lift said:

    Fastballs on the black are also difficult to square up.  We'll just agree to disagree.

    No argument. 6 of one 1/2 dozen of the other. Both are important. IMO they're 1A and 1B. 

    Next time Giolito and Foster pitch watch where the ball is and watch the path of the bat from hitters when they throw their fastballs. It's huge. I honestly think that carry is more important than velocity to a certain degree. 93-94 with 10 inches of carry is better than 97-98 with 8.5 inches of carry. 

  4. 22 minutes ago, Harold's Leg Lift said:

    Carry is fine but if it carries the ball over the heart of the plate or out of the strike zone it's useless.  Gotta locate it.

    I'm not arguing about command being important, because it is. But carry is really important too because it affects the swing plane of the hitter. If a pitcher's fastball has elite carry it's harder for the hitter to square up, and the pitcher is more likely to get away with mistakes via pop up, foul off, or even straight whiff than someone without it. It affects where the hitter thinks the ball is going to be. 

    Giolito is a good example. His command isn't the greatest but he can get away with mistakes more often because his fastball carry is elite. Hitters foul pitches off or straight up miss them. 

    Fastball carry might be more important than command. 

  5. 26 minutes ago, Perfect Vision said:

    In my opinion, those guys are too good to be viewed as just back up options.  Kopech, Dunning, and Stiever are all very good prospects.  All could be mid-rotation or better starters.  Signing a free agent and forcing one or more of those guys into the bullpen before giving them a legitimate look in the rotation (half season or more) seems like an inefficient use of resources.  If the team is willing to spend the money, they'd be better off giving whatever money they'd offer a free agent starter to George Springer.

    I think you trade a couple of those guys. 

    I've seen enough of Lopez and Rodon, Rodon is in Arb 3 and Lopez in Arb 1. Both are non-tender candidates. 

    Without those two, Are you really going to give two rotation slots to kids? 

    I'm not a huge fan of Cease these days as despite him throwing high 90s his fastball is very hittable. He's starting to remind me of Lopez. Too many walks, too hittable. I'd like to move him before his value craters.