Exactly four years ago yesterday, Jeff Sackmann wrote an article in the Hardball Times taking a look at what should be expected from each rotation spot. I had read Sackmann's article before, but stumbled on to it again last week when I was looking for information on the actual results for #1-5 starters. I was looking for that information, because like Sackmann at the time, I felt that people tend to overestimate how good a pitcher should be.
Owens has the upside of a #2-3 starter.
Two weeks ago I gave a preview of the Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide, putting up the scouting report of Rudy Owens. In the report I mentioned that Owens has the upside of a #2-3 starter, which drew some questions. Some of those questions surrounded my credibility making such a statement. All I can say to that is that I've seen Owens over half a dozen times in the last two years, I've talked to scouts, coaches, and players about him (both in the Pirates' organization and outside of the organi...
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.