Re: An Inconsistent Starter
posted at 5/1/2014 10:52 AM EDT
In response to redsoxdirtdog's comment:
I don't disagree. I guess my point was that I haven't ever seen anything from his overall "stuff" that has ever lead me to believe he's capable of becoming a consistent front end starter. I did at one point think he might be capable of becoming a pretty decent #3 or 4, but I'm certainly re-thinking that.
I hate to say it, but his whol d persona says lazy to me. When I watch his stuff, it says lazy. I know I'm biased by the fact that he doesn't have that go to fastball to bear down & punch anybody out. Perhaps more important, is the fact that he relies too heavily on his sweeping curveball, & lacks any decent splitter or changeup pitch. If he wants to succeed in this league, with the stuff he has, he needs to develope a saleable changeup with the same fastball motion, with greater seperation in speeds. My opinion.... he desperately needs the splitter without any punchout ability.
I just don't see it happening with him.
p.s. of course I understand that there are plenty of guys who do put it together after a slow career start. I just don't see it happening with a pitcher with his current repertoire.
Ok fair enough, I agree. I was just trying to point out that there are pitchers out there who have had a "turn it on moment" and become really good control pitchers. Some struggled early in the their minor league careers and then turned it on when they reached the majors (Pedro Martinez) and others took years at the MLB level to develop it (Koufax).
But you are right, Doubront doesn't have the talent to be that good even if he does find better command. I think he has the stuff to be a really good middle of the rotation starter (if he improved his command/control) but even with his stuff he wouldn't be much more than that.
He's been a streaky guy though, hopefully he gets a little hot and maybe we can package him in a deal at the deadline. Room is going to have to be made in the rotation at some point and the Sox will keep Lester around before they keep Doubront.