Thursday, March 3, 2011

Who Would You Rather Have?

A Top Prospect, or a Savvy Veteran?

It's the middle rounds of your draft and you are looking for a 3rd or 4th pitcher. 
Do you take Ryan Dempster or Madison Bumgarner?


Why Dempster
  • 3 years in a row of 10+ wins, an ERA under 4.00 and at least 200 innings pitched
  • Averages 189 Ks the last 3 seasons
  • Injuries have never been an issue
Why Not Dempster
  • Typically matches up with other teams aces
  • HRs allowed and ERA have jumped each of the last 3 seasons
  • Turning 34 this season

Why Bumgarner
  • All the potential in the world and is a 6'5 Lefty
  • Pitches at AT&T Park
  • Minor League record of 34-6 w/ a 2.00 ERA, 8.00 so/9 and 4.09 so/bb
  • Won 7 games last year in just 18 starts

Why Not Bumgarner

  • Giants offense is weak so little run support
  • You never know with young pitchers if they can handle a full season
  • Could have an innings limit/pitch count
I go Bumgarner all the way.  I always take the prospect with the upside.  You can find Dempster's via free agency.  Plus it makes you look like a genius if they pan out. 

So who would you rather have?

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