Probably overstating it a bit, but it leads to the same thing....not a quality MLB pitcher. Funkhouser just comes in and throws so many balls and it is unbearable to watch and Mize seems to be this way too. Am I missing something or does he have the ability to locate and command?
I have watched him pitch at least 3 games in each of these formats...college, minors, Spring Training and MLB....and he has looked the same at each level.
He has great movement and nice velocity, but he just cannot locate in the strike zone.(Movement does not seem to be as good this spring even) He depends on the batter getting themselves out by chasing out of the zone. If they don't, it seems the only pitch he can throw in the strike zone is a grooved pitch down the middle. Even in his no-hitter at Erie it was the same thing, but most of the hitters swung and missed out of the zone or were not good enough (minors for a reason) to hit the ball with enough authority for a base hit (I think there might have been a couple defensive gems by Erie in that game too).
It may just be small sample size and I might have just seen him off in the games I watched. Even in the no hitter, I wondered why the other team was swinging at so many balls out of the zone (if you looked at the #'s, he had a great ratio I bet, but a good portion of the pitches were balls). In the big leagues, hitters aren't gonna fall for that too long. With all the video...they never did fall for it.
So educate me....Broken or Funkhouser 2.0?