At MASN, Steve Melewski revisited the debate between Michael Wacha and Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman. He spoke with MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis.
“The college pitchers that are polished seem to go very high (in the draft), but for whatever reason, he (Wacha) lasted to the middle of the first round,” Callis said. “You could say his breaking ball wasn’t very good, but he had a plus fastball, very good changeup, threw a lot of strikes and had a track record of winning. You could say the same about Gausman, yet he went fourth in the draft.
“The funny thing is now, because of major league success, the impression is that Wacha is a cut above Gausman. But there are a lot of similarities. The biggest difference with those guys coming out of college is Gausman threw harder than Wacha and I think he showed more flashes of a good breaking ball. That is still true. In the postseason Wacha was living off of commanding a very good fastball with a very good changeup.”
Callis also spoke with Peoria Chiefs broadcaster Nathan Balive.
Don’t we all, Ken. Don’t we all.