Buster Gunns - Cobb Times Herald
There have been many talented and elite pitchers in Cobb World, but as of season 9, none of them have reached the 200 win milestone. The Hall of Fame voters should look carefully at this statistic, as any pitcher in Cobb who reaches it is most likely deserving of a spot in Cooperstown. Here is a look at some of the pitchers who have a shot at reaching this historic mark.
Kazuhiro Ong - Omaha Sluggers
Age: 29 Record: 127-61
--Any discussion about 200 wins in Cobb World has to start with Kazuhiro "King" Ong. Without a doubt one of the best pitchers in the history of the league, his frightening fastball has been the bane of more than half the league.
Outlook: Yes - Ong has a very good shot at getting 250 wins, let alone 200. Barring injury he is as close to a lock as you can get.
Dean Hernandez - Pawtucket G-Maniacs
Age: 26 Record: 91-48
--Blessed with the good fortune of playing for a very good Pawtucket team, Hernandez has racked up the wins at a very young age. "The Dean of Pawtucket" is a complete game machine, which further aids in his earning decisions, most often wins.
Outlook: Yes - Hernandez already has nearly 100 wins and still has 10 good seasons of pitching left before he starts to truly decline. He might make 250 as well.
Vance Weaver - Sioux Falls Corn Cleats
Age: 27 Record: 95-48
--Weaver the Corn Caesar has been successful in large part due to his incredible stamina and ground ball pitching. He has made it through many complete games, and has been on some very good Corn Cleats teams. His win totals may diminish slightly as Sioux Falls is currently rebuilding.
Outlook: Yes - Weaver has the skills to win even on a bad team, and Sioux Falls won't be horrible for long, thus increasing his win potential. Weaver might not make it to 250 however.
David Rosado - Louisville Tysons
Age: 31 Record: 114-39
--Rosado boasts an incredible winning percentage, a testament to his dominating stuff and elite pitch selection. The only negative against Rosado making 200 wins his his low stamina, which gets him pulled earlier than you would like.
Outlook: Probably - Rosado needs 86 wins to make 200, and the Tysons are getting old. He would need to average 14 wins a season until he is 37 years of age to make it. He probably can do it, his stuff is that good, but he will need to take advantage of the offensive support he has this season and next to make it happen.
John Chang - Fargo Fug Nuts
Age: 30 Record: 118-49
--Chang has been perhaps the only player to weather all 9 seasons in a Fug Nut uniform. As a result he has benefited from the elite teams that have played there. With no end in sight to the Fug Nut dynasty, Chang has all the tools he needs to succeed.
Outlook: Yes - Chang should benefit from great run support for many seasons, and should reach 200 barring injury. He probably won't make 250 however.
Eddie Rivers - Jackson Pollocks
Age: 28 Record: 87-47
--Rivers has been the ace for perennial playoff contenders, and has some victories as a result. He is pretty good, but needs 113 wins in 7-10 seasons to pull it off. It's possible, but unlikely unless Jackson stays competetive.
Outlook: Maybe - If he pulls off a couple more 17-20 seasons, Rivers chances get much better.
Phillip Brown - St. Louis HoundDogs
Age: 37 Record: 135-78
--Brown is a first ballot Hall of Famer, and was hands down the best pitcher in the league from season 1 until season 7. But father time is catching up with the former ace.
Outlook: No - Brown should make the Hall of Fame, but unfortunately started life in Cobb World at a later age, preventing him from making what he surely would have otherwise.
Kirt Hooper - Fargo Fug Nuts
Age: 29 Record: 93-51
--Hooper has benefited from the same boons as John Chang, just for not as long. If Hooper had been a Fug Nut from day one, his win total would be a little higher. Still, he has a chance at 200.
Outlook: Maybe - If Hooper can amass huge win totals during his stay in Fargo, he has a chance, otherwise he will probably finish with 160-180 wins.
Flip Heathcott - Omaha Sluggers
Age: 36 Record: 126-66
--Heathcott has been an elite pitcher even into his 36th year, which is no small feat. But seeing as he also entered the league at a late age, he won't make it to 200. Still, Flip has been very good and deserves a mention.
Outlook: No - Heathcott is old and good, but is still old, which is too big a negative to overcome.
Ruben Montero - Syracuse Beagles
Age: 25 Record: 78-42
--Montero is the ace of a young and talented team, and has big potential to make 200 wins. Very good vs. right handed hitters, Montero is just starting to come into his own, and already has 78 wins.
Outlook: Yes - If Montero and the Beagles keep improving at the pace they have been, there is no reason why he won't make it.
B.C. Steenstra - St. Louis HoundDogs
Age: 35 Record: 113-57
--Steenstra has had some of the most dominant seasons in Cobb history, and could have won a Cy Young or two. He is still all star caliber, and should post a few more good seasons before his decline.
Outlook: No - Steenstra is very good, but the likelihood that he can accrue 87 wins before he retires is pretty slim.