Sunday, August 10, 2008

A.L. FAAB Log Supplemental August 11, 2008

Gio Gonzalez
There was a lot of clamoring in Oakland for Gonzalez to be brought up to the big club, but the A's tried waiting as long as they could. With Dana Eveland struggling, though, the A's finally decided to give the 22-year-old phenom a shot. Control has been the issue with Gonzalez throughout most of his minor league career; no one has seriously questioned his arsenal or his velocity. One caveat about Gonzalez is that the gun in his MLB debut had him working in the low 90s, not the mid 90s that some scouting reports claimed he was throwing. That's not a reason to stay away, but it is the difference between Gonzalez projecting out as an ace or a #2 versus the #3 or #4 that many think he will be going forward. If I needed the pitcher badly enough, I'd still bid about $20 for Gonzalez, even if he'll never live up to the hype. He's better and has far more upside than the guys like Kyle Davies and R.A. Dickey who are floating around in your A.L.-only free agent pool - if you're lucky, that is.

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