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Tillman throws a ton of high fastballs and it mostly works for him. I'm on board.

Tillman has the advantage of a very effective 12-6 curveball that sets up his high 4 seamer. Gausman does not have an effective breaking pitch. That may be some of the difference. For Gausman to develop into an elite starting pitcher he needs better fastball command in the strike zone and an effective breaking pitch he can throw consistently for strikes. Those are not small things. I still think he's a ways away from recognizing his true potential.

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Tillman has the advantage of a very effective 12-6 curveball that sets up his high 4 seamer. Gausman does not have an effective breaking pitch. That may be some of the difference. For Gausman to develop into an elite starting pitcher he needs better fastball command in the strike zone and an effective breaking pitch he can throw consistently for strikes. Those are not small things. I still think he's a ways away from recognizing his true potential.

I think his true potential is real high. By the Way. Chris has grown into a big strong body. Just as he was projected.

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Tillman has the advantage of a very effective 12-6 curveball that sets up his high 4 seamer. Gausman does not have an effective breaking pitch. That may be some of the difference. For Gausman to develop into an elite starting pitcher he needs better fastball command in the strike zone and an effective breaking pitch he can throw consistently for strikes. Those are not small things. I still think he's a ways away from recognizing his true potential.

I think his split finger change works pretty well off a 4 seam fastball.

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I think his split finger change works pretty well off a 4 seam fastball.

I don't. He has consistently underperformed given the quality of his fastball. That change could be even more devastating with an effective breaking pitch. I'd love to see Gausman develop into a 3 pitch pitcher. It gives him a chance to be consistently effective that 3rd time through the order.

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I don't. He has consistently underperformed given the quality of his fastball. That change could be even more devastating with an effective breaking pitch. I'd love to see Gausman develop into a 3 pitch pitcher. It gives him a chance to be consistently effective that 3rd time through the order.

Oh I agree he needs to work on a breaking ball. I didn't say anything about him not needing to improve his breaking ball.

However even with a better breaking ball he is going to be a fastball/change guy not a fastball/slider/curve/slurve/whatevertheheckitistoday guy.

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Tillman has the advantage of a very effective 12-6 curveball that sets up his high 4 seamer. Gausman does not have an effective breaking pitch. That may be some of the difference. For Gausman to develop into an elite starting pitcher he needs better fastball command in the strike zone and an effective breaking pitch he can throw consistently for strikes. Those are not small things. I still think he's a ways away from recognizing his true potential.

With two strikes, I think he could maximize the effectiveness of the high fastball by commanding it just a little bit above the strike zone, rather than in it.

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