The Young Guns
We live in an age where many professional athletes are groomed for success. The most talented and gifted among us are given every advantage, every opportunity, and all the information necessary to fine-tune their mechanics and become the best ball player that they can be. Perhaps that is why a string of great prospects have been able to befuddle and dominate major league hitters at points this season. Here’s a closer look at some of the young guns who have made impressive debuts in the MLB:
Gerrit Cole (SP Pittsburgh Pirates)
The former No.1 overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft is 3-0 in his three major league starts, and he’s only given up seven earned runs in 18 1/3 innings. Yet you have to watch him to pitch to really grasp the talent level. In his start against the Angels on Friday, Cole threw 8 pitches that were over 100 MPH. Only Matt Harvey has reached 100 (once) this season.
Zack Wheeler (SP New York Mets)
Speaking of Harvey, his sensational second-year campaign was accented by Wheeler’s debut during Wednesday’s doubleheader. Wheeler wasn’t quite as dominant as Harvey, who didn’t allow a hit through seven innings, but he spread four hits and five walks over six innings while striking out seven. The kid has electric stuff, and despite getting optioned to Triple-A after the doubleheader he will likely be called back to pitch for the struggling Mets soon.
Shelby Miller (SP St. Louis Cardinals)
Talented pitchers seem to grow on trees in the Cardinals farm system, and Miller is the cream of the crop. The rookie right-hander earned the fifth slot in their rotation with a sterling performance in spring training, and he then proceeded to lead the National League in ERA for a stretch on his way to a 8-4 record. His ERA is now at 2.08, and Miller shows no signs of slowing down.
Patrick Corbin (SP Arizona Diamondbacks)
While Corbin is in his second year with Arizona, his season has been nothing short of amazing. So far, he is 9-0 , and the D’Backs have won 13 of his 14 starts. He’s not the most physically gifted young man, but his location and mental toughness seem to have put him over the top in his sophomore campaign.