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Which pitcher do you build your MLB franchise around?
Of all pitchers with less than 3 years MLB experience, who would you select to anchor your team?
Featured by: Chief_aka_James at 1/21/09 11:12AM
| Closed on 02/17/09 at 05:00PM
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Team Breakout:
173 Fans 
37%a. Tim Lincecum
9%b. David Price
0%c. Johnny Cueto
0%d. Clay Buchholz
1%e. Ian Kennedy
1%f. Matt Garza
6%g. Jon Lester
4%h. Daisuke Matsusaka
1%i. Max Scherczer
2%j. Phillip Hughes
1%k. James Shields
1%l. Fausto Carmona
3%m. Joba Chamberlain
0%n. Luke Hochevar
5%o. Justin Verlander
1%p. Francisco Liriano
0%q. Jered Weaver
17%r. Cole Hamels
2%s. Yovani Gallardo
10%t. Other

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#12 | 2019 days ago

It's tough between Hamels & Lincecum, but I feel like little Timmy is destined to get hurt...
Cole Hamels  
  
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#1 | 2022 days ago

Very good question! But i'm gonna go with Lincecum. I love his style!
Tim Lincecum  
#2 | 2022 days ago

Lincecum without a doubt.....he is young and has the talent to carry a team for years. The Giants need to cut back his innings a bit so that he doesn't ruin his arm. How the Mariners passed him by in the draft when he was pitching right there in Seattle is beyond me.
Tim Lincecum  
#3 | 2022 days ago

Thumbs up for including Gallardo.  He's going to be a good one.  That said, Lincecum is nasty.
Tim Lincecum  
#4 | 2022 days ago

Tim Lincecum is awesome but Cole Hamels has already shown that he can do it when it counts.
Cole Hamels  
#5 | 2022 days ago

Hamels: World Series MVP
Cole Hamels  
#6 | 2021 days ago

Tough choice between Hamels and Lincecum... Only time will tell.
Cole Hamels  
#7 | 2021 days ago

(Edited by goilerstax)
Frankie_D wrote:
Tim Lincecum is awesome but Cole Hamels has already shown that he can do it when it counts.
Hamels definitely showed his mettle in October, as did Price.  Also, this was Price's second month in the majors.  While all the pitchers listed are talented, Price's advanced maturity and poise will allow him immediate success.   His large frame and sound technique will hopefully allow him some longevity.
David Price  
#8 | 2021 days ago
Modaniel4 (+)

Lincecum is the best.  He will stand out!
Tim Lincecum  
#9 | 2020 days ago
jacobmrley (+)

if lincecum stays healthy, he looks like the pick of this litter.  hamels and verlander are right behind him (verlander's 2008 not withstanding).  david price is a prime wildcard and could be better than everyone, but he hasn't done anything yet...
Tim Lincecum  
#10 | 2020 days ago

LINCECUM HANDS DOWN...The question should have been would you want hamels or lincecum for you franchise
Tim Lincecum  
#11 | 2020 days ago

jacobmrley wrote:
if lincecum stays healthy, he looks like the pick of this litter.  hamels and verlander are right behind him (verlander's 2008 not withstanding).  david price is a prime wildcard and could be better than everyone, but he hasn't done anything yet...
Closing Game 7 of the ALCS against the clutch lineup of the Red Sox is something.  Granted, it is not a full season's work, but it shows skill and poise that neither Hamels or Lincecum displayed in their rookie seasons.
David Price  
#12 | 2019 days ago

It's tough between Hamels & Lincecum, but I feel like little Timmy is destined to get hurt...
Cole Hamels  
#13 | 2019 days ago

I said Lincecum only because I am being a homer for this question.  But the truth is, I fear for his health down the line.  His deliver is just too violent.  I swear it is just a matter of time before he goes consistently DL on us.
Tim Lincecum  
#14 | 2018 days ago

Lincecum gave me a couple of "Oh My God" moments the very first time I saw him throw.  The biggest complement I can give him is that he doesn't pitch for my favorite team, but I still watch the Giants when he pitches. 
Tim Lincecum  
#15 | 2018 days ago
jacobmrley (+)

1001 wrote:
It's tough between Hamels & Lincecum, but I feel like little Timmy is destined to get hurt...
they said the same thing about roy oswalt, and while he has had a couple minor injuries, he has been rock solid for the most part. and if tim lincecum turns out like roy oswalt, the giants won't complain.
Tim Lincecum  
#16 | 2018 days ago

The change up is the most effective pitch in baseball and Shields has the best change up in the majors right now. He's going to be consistently good while eating up innings for years to come.
James Shields  
#17 | 2018 days ago

DrGrabow wrote:
The change up is the most effective pitch in baseball and Shields has the best change up in the majors right now. He's going to be consistently good while eating up innings for years to come.
Shields has a decent changeup, but have you seen Cole Hamels and Johan Santana throw one?  I'd say those two have the best two changeups.
Cole Hamels  
#18 | 2017 days ago

Lincecum is good, but there is something about Hamels that makes me believe that hes going to be one of the great ones. He seems to pitch like hes been around 5 years. I also like that Price kid and Jon Lester because Lester has been through a lot and seems to grown because of it.
Cole Hamels  
#19 | 2017 days ago

kantwistaye wrote:
Thumbs up for including Gallardo.  He's going to be a good one.  That said, Lincecum is nasty.
Have to agree on both Gallardo and Lincecum.  Edge goes to Gallardo though.
Yovani Gallardo  
#20 | 2017 days ago

I voted for Hamels, because I get to see all of his games, and I know how good he is. Lincecum is also excellent, but he is a Giant, and I'm a Dodgers fan. My question is: Why isn't Clayton Kershaw on the list? 
Cole Hamels  
#21 | 2015 days ago

I say Lincecum.  It would have been Liriano if he hadn't jacked up his arm.   Second would probably be Fausto Carmona.
Tim Lincecum  
#22 | 2014 days ago
CAROLE4U (+)

JOHAN SANTANA,  LINCECUM WILL BREAK DOWN
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#25 | 2014 days ago

bayareabeast21 wrote:
 Bite your tongue dude!
Sorry.  I hope to God I'm wrong.  Maybe being a Giants fan for 28 years has severely jaded me....
Tim Lincecum  
#26 | 2013 days ago

You forgot Edinson Volquez!!!

Tim Lincecum  
#27 | 2012 days ago

UltimateSureno wrote:

You forgot Edinson Volquez!!!

Volquez pitched for the Rangers in 2005.  He does not qualify for 3 years or less of service.
David Price  
#28 | 2008 days ago

Tim Lincecum is special, I see Hamels as having a Mike Mussina type career, Liriano and Price are both very good, but Lincecum has a chance to be what Gooden could have been, a player who could win close to 200 games in a 10 year span.  If he lasts he could have a Seaver type career.

Tim Lincecum  
#29 | 2007 days ago

He throws right-handed and bats left-handed. Lincecum is known for his long stride, sharp mechanics, and ability to generate high velocity despite his slight build. (5'10" 172lbs.)
Tim Lincecum  
#30 | 2005 days ago

Not one Cubs pitcher?

Zambrano thank you very much!
Other  
#31 | 2005 days ago

jasonluvscubs wrote:
Not one Cubs pitcher?

Zambrano thank you very much!
You've got to be kidding.  The Cubs have tried the last couple of years to build a pitching staff around Carlos, and he's inconsistent. 
Tim Lincecum  
#32 | 2005 days ago
jacobmrley (+)

Heyhey1970 wrote:
You've got to be kidding.  The Cubs have tried the last couple of years to build a pitching staff around Carlos, and he's inconsistent. 
plus the fact that he is way over the three year limit...
Tim Lincecum  
#33 | 2004 days ago

Bob Wickman....Native of Abrams Wiscnsin!  Go Bobby!
Other  
#34 | 2004 days ago

i like jake peavy
Other  
#35 | 2004 days ago

I went with Hamels, but as a Reds fan, I'd go with Volquez (yes, that Volquez) over Cueto.
Cole Hamels  
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#37 | 2002 days ago

i think zack grienke is going to have a brekout year, his stuff is nasty
Other  
#38 | 2002 days ago

you have to go with cole because for one, he was the world series MVP which means that he can handle pressure, and he is already an anchor, he's a biggish(tall)guy, and he's just got great stuff.
Cole Hamels  
#39 | 2002 days ago

Johan Santana for three reasons:
Change, change, change = K
Other  
#40 | 2001 days ago

how about the two best pitchers in the league down the stretch last year; johan santana and cc sabathia?

Other  
#41 | 2000 days ago
vindog (+)

Tough choice- I chose Hamels!
Cole Hamels  
#42 | 1999 days ago

Love Lincecum....Hamels is a damm good choice too...  Santana is older but still would gave to get lots of consideration
#43 | 1998 days ago

As a Tiger fan, i believe Justin Verlander has 10+ years of pitching excellence ahead of him.
A young gun, he is still learning, and he will become the Detroit  ACE.
Justin Verlander  
#44 | 1997 days ago

These are all great, great youngsters. That being said, I think that you can build your franchise around a pitcher like Cliff Lee, or maybe John Lackey of the Angels. When we consider the pitchers of the future we look th James Shields or Cole Hamels. However, maybe we should look to a veteran to teach the youngsters how to handle themselves. Teach them the nuances of the game.
Other  
#45 | 1996 days ago
mooser58 (+)

I would take Zambrano over anyone on this list....
Other  
#46 | 1995 days ago

Zack Greinke should be on this poll
Tim Lincecum  
#47 | 1993 days ago

chiefs_57103 wrote:
Zack Greinke should be on this poll
Greinke has more than three years of service.
Tim Lincecum  
#48 | 1972 days ago

1001 wrote:
It's tough between Hamels & Lincecum, but I feel like little Timmy is destined to get hurt...
 Keep talking like that and you will be destined to get hurt.
Tim Lincecum  
#49 | 1813 days ago
SDsports (+)

Mat Latos!

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