Re: Yankees to sign Tanaka
posted at 2/10/2014 6:38 PM EST
In response to pinstripezac35's comment:
if anyone is interested in checking it out 4 a minute or 2
YES to air telecast of a 2013 Tanaka game tonight at 7pm
a nice read on tanaka
EDIT: a nice read 4 nyy fans
Unbiased opinions were needed. To get a feel for Tanaka's repertoire and approach, injury risk, and overall ability, I spoke to high-ranking officials with scouting-related positions for four MLB teams (referred to simply as "scouts" later in this article). Each has seen the pitcher in person extensively, and none work for the Yankees.
Before we begin, here is a refresher on the 20-80 (or 2-8) scouting scale from Kevin Goldstein, formerly of Baseball Prospectus: "A score of 50 is major-league average, 60 is above-average (also referred to as "plus"), and 70 is among the best ("plus-plus"). 80 is top of the charts, and not a score that gets thrown around liberally." For more information on scouting pitchers from Goldstein, click here.
Scouting Report: Three Plus Pitches
for the full read
Here are a couple of excerpts from the article:
One scout, who admitted being "toward the higher end of the spectrum," described Tanaka as a number one starter, without hesitation. He expects Tanaka to contend for the Cy Young
Hell, no need to play any games. Lets just give him the Cy Young right now. What BS.
The mystery of how Tanaka will perform in Major League Baseball should be resolved in short order. He'll face MLB hitters in Spring Training later this month
Not true. The "mystery" will not even begin to be evident until August when the teams have had a chance to see him a couple of times in REAL competition. Zac, I know you want to believe he will be a good investment-and he might turn out that way. But right now he is just a high priced risky investment by a desperate team.