The way I look at it, you have TOR starters and aces. I think what you are describing is an ace.
Means won’t be an ace...he isn’t the elite of the elite.
But he can be a TOR guy depending on a few factors.
I'll have to look at it closer but I suspect that one of the reasons Means does not go deeper in games is the defense costs him. Errors, plays not made, poor framing that does not get a strike. It would be nice to have a catcher that can catch a ball in the dirt instead of it going to the backstop.
I also don't think the increase in velocity has been much of a factor in his last 4 games. He backed off the velo in favor of better command.
The Means of the last 4 games is a TOR. 4 solo homers in not going to hurt him. He will have to find a way to stop having mid season slumps. But John is a worker and he knows that he needs to improve that.
He has a total of 14.1 ML innings.
when comparing this year to last year, he threw more strikes (both years he has been above average) and missed almost the same numbers of bats.
His P/PA were way down this year. I wonder if that was an effort on his part to try and get outs more efficiently w/r/t pitch count?