Friday, October 15, 2004

TINSTAAPP Strikes Again

So Mike Jones goes under the knife. That makes him the third pitching prospect (all first round draft picks) in a month to have major surgery on his pitching arm.

Ben Fritz became the first major A's prospect to have a serious arm surgery in a long time when he had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in mid September. In general, he's been a disappointment since being drafted 30th overall in 2002. He had a 5.63 ERA in the Texas League this season.

Also in September, Adam Loewen had his shoulder fixed. His labrum tear wasn't as substantial as the one Jones had. Loewen was drafted 4th overall in 2002.

Pitching prospects are internet stocks. They could be a windfall for you is they turn into Jake Peavy. But chances are that most of them are going to turn into Nick Bierbrodt and Richard Stahl. The phrase "There is no such thing as a pitching prospect" is tongue-in-cheek, but just barely. There are just so many things that can go wrong for a pitching prospect. They're walking through an injury minefield until they get into their mid 20's. As a fan, or a fantasy owner, you just always have to hope that your guy isn't next.



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