Harvey was unbelievably dominant for sure. It makes me hopeful.
But as I said, I need to see a young player do it for at least 1 year before I get too confident in what I see. There are so many potential pitfalls, from familiarity to durability and health that can derail amazing young talent. I'm hopeful, but I need to see the guy get through 162 on the major league level.
I wouldn't lose faith in him over a sophomore slump. I also wouldn't get too excited about him based on 10 starts.
But at least over 162 you get a better feel for what he can do in a season.
Yeah but Izzy had to fight through injuries, TB, the downfall of Gen K and all of its impact, and then he remade himself into a great reliever - while still with the Mets before he got dumped for Billy Taylor (ugh). I remember when he first saw his big hook we all thought he was going to be a top starter for years.
My point was that so many things need to happen to go from top prospect with a good first stint in the majors, to reliable and dependable front line starter, it's just a little early to start declaring Harvey is definitely there.
But like I said, Izzy didn't have the changeup or the K rates to be a starter in the major leagues. Sandman also said he had make-up issues. Harvey has the changeup, K rates, and make-up. He's legit.
Imo these 2 young guns in harvey and wheeler will benefit from having santana around for as long as he is around. He will prolly teach them his nasty change along with just how to pitch in general.
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