JCoz wrote:This was a quote from Knights article today:The odds of pitching prospects tell us that White and Pomeranz won’t both turn out to be top-notch pitchers. It’s possible neither will. But more than likely, one will emerge as a bona fide ace, and will probably still be a bona fide ace long after Jimenez has left the Indians to be somebody’s inning-eating No. 3 starter.
So not only is it MORE THAN likely that we traded away a bonafide ace, but one that will far outlast the one we just got in Jiminez.
The article tries to paint a levelheaded view at prospects, but this paragraph badly betrays him as believing whole heartedly in going down the very same line of thinking that helped management pass on Pedro years ago.
I don't know whether or not Jiminez has legit issues that will doom his career, but it just seems insane to state that any prospect is more than likely to become the most coveted of assets in MLB- the FOR bonafide Ace. And to top it off with predicting longevity as the cherry on that Sunday..again we are talking about a pitcher here....well that's bordering on elite level optimism......or I guess pessimism, in this case.
I agree JCoz. Jonathan's stuff is always so much to read and this is no different but I disagree with the bottom line.
Jimenez is a front of the rotation guy. We don't know what White amd Pomz ultimately are. And to hint that the Tribe got damaged goods or that UJ's shitty outing last Saturday speaks to some sort of Fausto-like schizophrenia to me isn't fair. Dude was affected by the rumors, the uncertainty, etc. and any of us would have been out there physically with our head somewhere else.
Jimenez also had a hip flexor and groin tweak in the early part of the year that affected him. That's going to affect his velocity/success, maybe still is. But it's not damaged goods IMO.
By all accounts UJ is bright and works hard. I think he'll be fine here at the top of the rotation once he settles in. Masterson and Jimenez for at least the next two seasons? I like it.