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Serious question: could Means become a TOR starter?

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24 minutes ago, jamalshw said:

The results for much of last year put him there and he has a bit more velocity along with a solid end in 2020. That said, I'm very hesitant to go there. I would honestly be quite happy if he gives us a solid mid-rotation option for the next several years. That would allow him to be a dependable anchor in the rotation as Akin and Kremer get a full year next year and we start introducing Hall and Grayson to the mix in the next couple seasons (along with Baumann, Lowther, Smith, etc.).


Yea, if he's not a "TOR starter," that's okay. Nobody thought he was anything as a prospect before 2019. Even if he's not a TOR, he's got a pretty comfortable shot at being a 2 or 3 for a contending team. Combine that with Kremer (maybe a 3 or 4 on a good team?) and Akin (maybe a 4 or 5?), then Hall/GrayRod (who both have TOR potential), as you mentioned, and you have the foundation of a really strong rotation.

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All stats aside, let’s not forget Means had a personal tragedy happen in his life during the season which i’m sure had some effect on his performance, these guys aren’t robots.

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On 9/27/2020 at 8:56 AM, Frobby said:

I take your point about getting deep into games.   I was watching in the 6th, Means still working on a no hitter at the time and Garceau mentioned he was at 93 pitches.    How does your pitch count get that high when you’ve allowed one baserunner and still working in the 6th?  

Foul balls are up 12% over the last 20 years and foul outs are down about 25%.

Foul territory has shrunk a lot over the past quarter-century at the same time the stigma against strikeouts is lower than ever, so pitch counts are being driven by ever-increasing foul balls.  Hit all the fouls you want, it's rarely an out with the stands tightly hugging the foul lines.

Another reason balls in play are down so much, there's probably 10-15% less "in play" than in the 1980s.

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I really like what I see from Means.  I think of him as emerging as a 2 - a top 25-50 SP with some consistency.  

He has been wicked good the past month.  I like that he and his wife are both driven to be so good at their craft and are so competitive.  One can count on Means maximizing his stuff through hard work, desire and dedication.  

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