I think Kuo is getting written off way too quickly by ye olde conventional wisdom, as I think he's exactly the sort of guy who delivers on his early promise (like Bedard), but a few years later than expected (like Bedard).
Last year, b/w the NL and the PCL (not a huge difference, eh?), he threw just 50 innings, with a 55/22 k/bb rate, and five homers. The year before, b/w the same two stops, he threw 112 innings with an 134/55 k/bb rate, and and gave up 8 homers.
He had a 7.42 era in his 30 mlb innings last year, but his fielding-independent ERA was 4.26.
The big thing with this guy is clearly his health, but a couple of scratches at the numbers reveals a guy who could burst 'out of nowhere' to become a dominant lefty starter in his age 27-28 seasons.
Whose career will Kuo's resemble (regardless of handedness)?
AJ Burnett (10 votes)
Chris Carpenter (5 votes)
Matt Mantei (49 votes)
Cole Hamels (3 votes)
Kelvim Escobar (12 votes)
Oliver Perez (26 votes)
Hideo Nomo (click here if you is racist's!) (41 votes)
Scott Williamson (44 votes)
Brad Lidge (4 votes)
Erik Bedard (10 votes)
204 total votes