Some things, you buy them, get them in the mail, tear them open ... they're exactly as advertised. And disappointing.
Other things, you tear them open, and they're exactly as advertised, and ten times better than you thought.
That's one of the joys of life for me, getting something that's what somebody said it was, and I like it a lot better than I expected to. I'm going to sell a spray can that does this to things. $19.95 per can, buy now and we'll send the second can for the cost of shipping and handling. You can spritz down Brandon League and turn him into Tom Wilhelmsen.
Somebody bought my product. He grabbed the can with gusto, crushed it in a powerlifter grip, held it at arm's length and buried Gil Meche in a cloud of magic mist. Turned him into Brandon Maurer.
One Pitch F/X series and I can tell you right now that Brandon Maurer is what they said he was, plus the magic mist. By "they" I mean Gordon Gross and, following him, the national sites that have Maurer lurking maliciously at the bottom of the Fab 100 lists.
Just as a f'r instance, here is the first AB from Monday:
Now BaseballHQ had Maurer on the fringes of their top 100 based on -- grok this, now -- an "average-solid" 91-95 fastball that he "throws with confidence and command." Top 100 based on that.
WHOA WHOA WHOA hold on. Full Stop Right There Kid. If you're calling that Average-Solid you need a dictionary. 94 MPH right out of the bullpen? 96 MPH right above the hands for swinging strike three? What are you talking, average solid?
HQ had Maurer as a borderline-elite prospect based on three pitches, FB, slider, curve, but "74-77 MPH changeup needs work."
77 Change needs work? Say WHAAAaaaaat? Maurer threw an overhand power yakker on pitch 2 that dropped straight down ... and now look at the shape on that 85, not 77, MPH changeup. That's a ferocious change, baby. Right down the heart, thrown with shape, location and sequence that says "how many pitches is this going to take."
Next AB below. We trust you don't need Dr. D's interpretation as to whether the locations pass inspection.
Next AB. Fastball UP, where manly men throw it, in on the hands. JAM PITCH. Let's take this fight to the enemy. I like how this kid thinks.
Did you grok the way that Maurer threw his fastballs real high? INTENDING to miss bats rather than hit them?
We don't say that one inning proves Maurer a TOR starter. But there was a vibe you got when Michael Jordan came out before his first game and bounded around the court for his first layup drill. Maurer is more than advertised.
After watching 500 pitcher debuts in the past, we know the difference between an oversell and an undersell. This kid looks scary. If I didn't know better, I'd wonder whether he was #2 after Taijuan, ahead of Paxton and Hultzen and Erasmo.
Eyes Slideways. A Big Five? This is getting ridiculous. Cut Jon Garland Right Now.