Kevin Goldstein addressed a Jaime Garcia question in his chat today (I don’t know if Chris from St. Louis is an FR reader that saw Az’s request or if the question was serendipitous, but thanks to Chris for the question, either way):
Chris (St. Louis): Jaime Garcia is off to a great start. If his elbow issues are behind him, and his control seems to be better this year, what’s his ceiling?
Kevin Goldstein: He’s been outstanding. Very good #3 starter. Before anyone gets worked up about that, that is NOT an insult, that’s a high compliment.
Personally, I’m not sure that it is a high compliment. I appreciate that becoming a “very good” number three starter in the major leagues is very difficult and I agree that to project a guy to become that when he has never pitched above AA is not an insult. However, the question was what Garcia’s “ceiling” is. To me, when you say someone’s ceiling is a very good number three, then you don’t think there is any possibility that the player will be better than that. That, to me, is not a high compliment. I also think that Garcia’s ceiling is higher than that. His numbers have been solid at every stop (and his K rate has improved from 2006 to 2007 and from 2007 to this year so far) and he’s got two MLB quality pitches right now. He may end up being a number three pitcher, but I wouldn’t limit his ceiling to that at this point. [Note: I suspect that I just put myself into the category of "someone getting worked up about that" in Kevin's comment, but I can't help myself.]
On to the DFR, where a couple of our young guys jumped all over a big league Ace this afternoon. There were only two games today due to a day off for Memphis and a rainout for Springfield. All the details after the jump.
Springfield vs. NW Arkansas – Rained Out
- Pitching phenom Scott Kazmir made a rehab start for Vero Beach and (Man, Myth and Legend) Steve Hill greeted him warmly with a homerun, a triple and two rbi in going 3-4 on the day.
- Tyler Henley also enjoyed Kazmir’s visit, going yard to lead off the game for the Cardinals.
- Daniel Descalso and Isaiah Garcia also doubled off of Kazmir and each scored a run.
- Kazmir wasn’t really too complimentary of the Cardinals, though:
- “Maybe I threw too many strikes,” he said. “They had some real free-swingers. I don’t even know how that last ball got out. It just kept carrying.”
- On our pitching side, David Kopp got the start and gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings. He also struck out five.
- Kyle Mura picked up the win, striking out six (!) while giving up two hits and a walk in his three scoreless innings.
- Marco Gonzalez and Jon Mikrut each pitched an inning, with Gonzales giving up a run on three hits and Mikrut yielding only a single in his scoreless inning.
- Adron Chambers went 2-5 with an rbi and a run scored.
- Pete “I was a steal at 18″ Kozma went 2-4 with a triple, two rbi, and two runs scored. He did commit a throwing error in the field.
- Charles Kingrey went 2-4 with two rbi.
- Justin Roberson and Paul Vasquez (in his first game with the team) each went 2-3 with a run scored. Roberson also had a walk and a stolen base.
- Thomas Eager got the start and went five innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks, while striking out one.
- Eduardo Sanchez got the win in his first outing of the year, striking out three in his three perfect innings.