Hyun-Jin Ryu has exceptional talent… for a Korean pitcher, but can he step into the Dodgers rotation and do a credible job? While am pretty certain that be can be effective out of the bullpen, I am not convinced he can be a starter this season. I see him as a pitcher who can go through the lineup once, but may have problems the second time around the lineup. He has a great change, but his fastball lacks speed and bite. It’s early, but if he can’t get to 93 or so with his straight fastball, he may have problems as a starter, which is why I think the Dodgers will hang on to Capuano and Lilly. Harang is as good as gone (to the highest bidder), but Capuano and Lilly are insurance for Ryu and Billingsley.
I questioned the signing of both Ryu and Puig, but Puig has shown he has great potential. I haven’t seen that from Ryu… yet! Ryu has shown me he might be a solid #4 or #5 – MAYBE! I can’t see him being better than that. But they don’t play the game on blogs – they play it on the field and there is plenty of time for Ryu to add a few inches to his fastball. Ryu can’t be sent to the minors without his permission, so the only way he gets sent down, is if he doesn’t want to go to the pen and wants to pitch every fifth day. Maybe he will make the rotation, but right about now, it doesn’t look that way to me.
Players Whose Stock is Up This Spring:
- Dee Gordon
- Alex Castellanos
- Elian Herrera
- Nick Punto
- Luis Cruz
Players Whose Stock is Down This Spring:
- Juan Uribe
- Tony Gwynn, Jr.
- Jesus Flores