Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 7/13/12
Recently, Tampa Bay Rays first-round pick Taylor Guerrieri received a tremendous write up for Bullpen Banter by JD Sussman. In it, the young right-hander showed enough to “profile as a top of the rotation arm.” Prior to Guerrieri’s next start, he tweaked something during pre-game warm ups and wound up being a late scratch. After a few days rest and routine bullpen session, I lucked into seeing Guerrieri last Sunday in Auburn, New York. Guerrieri impressed, but the stuff wasn’t nearly as big as Sussman witnessed. This could be due to many reasons, including the minor injury setback the previous week. Given my respect for Sussman’s work at Bullpen Banter and now RotoGraphs, it’s a great opportunity for readers to analyze both reports and learn about how much a pitcher’s stuff can vary from one start to the next — literally. Listed at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, Guerrieri appeared an inch or two shorter in person. His baseball movements are loose and athletic, with plenty of swagger. He exudes
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