I get really tired of hearing any baseball player who is less than 6 feet tall desribed as “diminutive ” .A player who 5’11” and 190-200 pounds of chiseled muscle is a much better physical specimen than a 6’3″ ,170 pound stringbean .Even the idea that among young players additional height gives more room for “filling out” is suspect because the taller player may lack the frame or the metabolism that will allow him to carry additional muscle mass .Stroman ,by the way ,is listed as 5’9″ and 185 . I seroiusly doubt that any of the NFL lineman who were run over and had their heads stomped by Jim Taylor ( 6ft 215 pounds ) or Walter Payton ( 5’10” 200 pounds )considered either one of them diminutive .
I have no idea how Stroman isn’t making top-100 lists already. Aside from an early season blip in HR rate (which, with his height, is admittedly a concern going forward), he’s been utterly dominant in his first full pro season.
Just like any other baseball discussion, the term “diminutive” makes perfect sense because it’s used in relation to his peers (other pitchers) and not the average population. Sure, Stroman is about average height. Among major league pitchers, however, Stroman is one of the shortest, and he’s one of just a handful of pitchers under 5’10”. I think that qualifies as diminutive.
It’s like arguing that Jeff Francoeur is awesome because he’s better than almost everyone in the world or that a player making $750,000 can’t be considered underpaid because most people don’t make that in a decade. Everything, including a pitcher’s height, is relative.
Probably some residue from people worrying that he couldn’t be a starter. Carson’s report indicates that he’s got a chance to prove ’em wrong, if he’s keeping velocity late in the game and working on secondary pitches.
Comment by channelclemente — August 8, 2013 @ 3:07 pm
“If one concern about Stroman’s diminutive stature (he’s only 5-foot-9) is that he might have difficulty maintaining his velocity into later innings, that concern wasn’t borne out in this particular appearance.”
The other issue associated with being 5’9” is that it is very difficult to get a good downward plane on the fastball. Stroman’s fastball is very straight and level, and there are concerns about HR problems that may occur in the big leagues.
He’s very comparable to Lincecum in my opinion – Stroman will get hit hard if the fastball loses any velocity, in my opinion. Straight and 93 is fine with good offspeed, but if it’s at 90 and still straight, then the offspeed stuff will suffer and the fastball will get hit.