The Godfather of Sabermetrics in baseball's new handbook comes out November 1st, and here's an excerpt talking about Kazmir and Shields:
James Shields, who is #20 on the Young Talent Inventory, is among the older players on the list at 26 years old. "He plays Drysdale to Kazmir's Koufax, had an outstanding seasons despite allowing 28 home runs and working against hard pitch counts," James notes. "Never wastes a pitch, with a strikeout/walk ratio of 184-36."
Both make the list of top 30 young players in the MLB, somehow no other Ray makes that list, including Upton, Crawford, and Delmon Young.
In other Scott Kazmir semi-related but really just a self plug news: it's nearly Friday, that means new BtB column and this week I asked the question: do Texas pitchers get pissed off easier on the mound?