JO Berrios vs Pedro Martinez
First I want to write that I realize Pedro Martinez is one of the best pitchers of all time who put up video game-type numbers in an era of offensive explosion and will no doubt be elected in his first year of Hall of Fame eligibiltiy to rightfully join the likes of Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Tom Seaver, Bob Gibson, et al., among the inner circle of all-time pitchers.
I also know that JO Berrios is not anywhere near shouting distance of any conversation for the Hall of Fame.
But, I did compare stats from the 18-year old seasons for Martinez and Berrios. Same level of competition, same physical-type build, born about 23 years and 250 miles apart in the Caribbean.
Berrios: 30.2 IP, 1.17 ERA, 49K, 4BB, .620 WHIP
Martinez: 77 IP, 3.62 ERA, 82K, 40BB, 1.481 WHIP
By the numbers, it appears Berrios compares favorably (albeit with less than half as many innings pitched). What I want to know is what made Pedro Martinez develop into the pitcher he was. Did the "experts" dream about the potential he had when he was 18 years old putting up numbers in Rookie ball? What was his pitch repertoire? What did his fastball average?Is there a web site somewhere that archives scouting reports that would help us common folk compare current prospects to past Major Leaguers? Does the JO Berrios current scouting report compare with any scouting report written 23 years ago about Pedro Martinez?
I also want to say that I researched stats for the 22 year old seasons for Kevin Slowey and Justin Verlander. Both at high A and AA.
Slowey: 148.2 IP, 1.88 ERA, 151K, 22BB, .834 WHIP
Verlander: 118IP, 1.29 ERA, 136K, 26BB, .902 WHIP
I think we all know who the better MLB pitcher is. I just wanted to inlcude that info so people know that I also realize that a MLB career is not based off of minor league numbers.