One to remember: Zumaya posted: Friday, March 24, 2006 LAKELAND, Fla. -- Want to know the best part of spring training? And no, it isn't the tanning opportunities. It's the chance to see the future. Young guys everywhere. You write down the names. You remember the names. So remember this one -- Joel Zumaya. I journeyed to Lakeland on Thursday just to see him. Also got a chance to see Justin Verlander, another phenomenal arm on a Tigers team that could be better than most people suspect. But I was lucky enough to be sitting behind the plate when Zumaya marched in there. I watched him crank up one 97-99 mph scorcher after another, plus an unhittable sweeper of a breaking ball that he throws from a couple of different angles. This guy is 21 years old and has only been to the mound beyond Double-A ball eight times. But if he's the future, he's the very, very near future for this team. "Best young arm I've seen, and it's not even close," said one GM. "You don't see many 100-mph fastballs anymore," said a scout. "Zumaya is the exception. That's a legit 100 miles an hour." Vance Wilson, who caught Zumaya on Thursday, called him "as polished a young guy as I've ever seen. You don't run across guys who are 21 years old and have that good an idea of what they want to do out there." Verlander launches it up there in the upper 90s himself, so he isn't exactly Jamie Moyer. But Verlander's fastball "is actually a little light to catch," Wilson said. "Catching Zumaya is like catching a shot put." Bet your copy of "The Life and Times of Gates Brown" that both Verlander and Zumaya are going to make the team -- Verlander as the fifth starter, Zumaya in the bullpen (where he could be groomed as the closer of the future). After watching them Thursday, Jim Leyland made an amazing statement: "I wouldn't say I've had arms like that at any point in my career." But Leyland also knows that "every kid who ever made it to the big leagues still has that thing back here (in the back of his head) that says, 'I'm in the big leagues. ... Can I play with these guys?' So they're going to have some bumpy spots. There's no league higher than this one." So why would he go north with two pitchers like this, knowing those bumpy spots are coming, in a season in which the Tigers have to make a move north in the standings? "I like ability," Leyland said. "I don't care about age." Well, I like managers who think that way.