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  1. There’s no way Leake is actually 6’1, I have testicles bigger than that guy.

    Comment by Omar — August 5, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

  2. I think that too 6’1″ seems wrong for Leake.

    I will give the Reds and their scouts credit for taking a chance on pitchers that don’t fit the ‘ideal’ body type. It’s possible they don’t go looking for these guys, but they also are willing to draft and attempt to develop them when other organizations just pass them up-maybe that’s why they seem to have more of them. Or it’s just coincidence.

    Comment by jirish — August 5, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

  3. Volquez looks about 5’10″

    Comment by exdodgerfan — August 5, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

  4. BTW,
    When Pedro is elected to the HOF he will be the first pitcher there less than 6′ tall going all the way back to the beginning

    Comment by exdodgerfan — August 5, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

  5. Leake’s 5’11” at best.

    Comment by amigo — August 5, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

  6. Well, two of the Reds best players ever were undersized. If anyone could or would understand, it’d be them.

    The big knock on undersized amatuer pitchers is (1) their potential to improve, and (2) durability issue when exposed to much greater workloads.

    While “filling out the uniform” likely has some aspect, taller pitchers generally present better pitching angles, better leverages, etc.

    There’s been a lot of good college pitchers go without a shot because they don’t fit the profile. It can be circular reasoning by drafting only tall pitchers and then use it as evidence that major league pitchers are tall.

    It also goes back to scouting … Wanna get a lot of attention in HS? Be 6’4 at age 14. Your name will be on a lot of lists just because of what you might become.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — August 5, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

  7. Don’t forget the little lefty closer Billy Wagner. I’m not sure he’ll be a hall a famer, but he certainly deserves consideration.

    He stands all of 5’10″-maybe.

    Comment by jirish — August 5, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

  8. Plenty of 5’10″ and 5’11″ pitchers listed as 6’0″ in the Hall of Fame.

    Besides Maddux should officially be the first under 6’0″ since he’s 6’0″ with cleats on concrete.

    Comment by Daniel Andrews — August 6, 2010 @ 1:06 am

  9. Not quite. Three Finger Brown’s listed as 5’10″. It is amazing how many HOF’s were supposedly exactly 6’1″ though.

    Comment by Carligula — August 6, 2010 @ 1:08 am

  10. There’s a perception that tall pitchers are better/have more potential/have less a chance for injury than short ones. This means that players might be undervalued due to this perceived potential. However, just off the top of my head I can name several great pitchers who are 6′ or so or less: Pedro, Maddux, Billy Wagner (very underrated, compare his numbers to Mo’s sometime, he’s not better but he’s in the conversation), Lincecum, Trevor Hoffman. To succeed as a small market team, you have to identify and take advantage of biases — and this may be one of them.

    Comment by Brandon T — August 6, 2010 @ 5:33 am

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