INDIANAPOLIS - It seems like every left-handed pitching prospect gets compared to Tom Glavine at some point in time. It seems like it's rare to find a left-hander with velocity, so when a left-hander who doesn't have velocity starts posting good numbers, the Glavine comparisons come into play.
The comparison generally comes about as a counter to a mention that the specific left-hander doesn't have a high upside due to his lack of stuff. Enter Glavine, who had some velocity early in his career, but who gradually lost his velocity and still remained a top pitcher due to his command and ability to mix up his pitches effectively. If Glavine could be a top of the rotation guy without a big fastball, then why can't any left-hander do the same?
The problem with this line of thinking is that...
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