I was pretty tepid with regards to the John Gast pick. A lefty with control issues, Gast was uninspiring to me. His velocity was inconsistent in college but he was generally regarded as having a 90-91mph fastball.
Gast had a great start to his pro career at Batavia last season striking out better than a batter an inning with a 4:1 K:BB rate. I’ve read several glowing reports of his work in Spring Training and he’s a name that’s popped up in my e-mail box on a couple occasions now.
Developing some mechanical consistency has improved his control and allowed him to more reliably throw strikes. While I’d temper expectations of him long term (he looks like a mid-to-back of the rotation pitcher best case) I still wonder if there isn’t the opportunity for him to make some noise this year. If he starts out in Quad Cities, with limited exposure via the tandem rotation, he could see an early bump to Palm Beach.
John Gast is someone I’m keeping my eye on in early 2011. Don’t tell the June 2010 version of me that; he’d be appalled.