• How Good Can Ivan Nova Be?

    Posted by on August 30th, 2010 · Comments (4)

    Picking up on Mike Silva’s thought today, I thought I would throw in my two cents on projecting Ivan Nova.

    Now, keep in mind, this is totally by eye-ball and 100% subjective. It’s a gut feel thing. And, it’s not based on any sabermetric principles or the like.

    But, if I were pushed to offer an opinion on it, on the fly, I would say that, at his best, Nova could have an Edwin Jackson type ceiling; and, at his worst, we’re looking at the next Boof Bonser. And, in the end, what he’ll probably be is somewhere in between that.

    How about you? What do you think?

    Comments on How Good Can Ivan Nova Be?

    1. Scout
      August 30th, 2010 | 2:14 pm

      To be a successful major league starter, Nova will need to improve his command considerably and show an effective third pitch. He’s young and he has shown much improvement over the past two season, so I would not rule it out. But I wouldn’t take it to the bank that he’ll make the next big step, either. For the moment, he gives the Yankees what they need, and I’m fine with that. You can never have enough good, young arms in the organization, because most will never reach the top. That’s no shame — solid relief pitchers and assets for trades are very valuable, too.

    2. Jim TreshFan
      August 30th, 2010 | 2:46 pm

      Remember how excited people were over Ian Kennedy back in ’07 after only 3 starts? Didn’t ammount to much, did it? Now Ian and Ivan are both forms of the same root name (Iohannes) and Nova is Latin for “new.”
      Sooo… Ivan Nova: The New Ian. Interesting. ;)

    3. August 31st, 2010 | 6:47 am

      @ Jim TreshFan:
      Nice one.

    4. Corey Italiano
      August 31st, 2010 | 9:19 am

      Ivan Nova and Ian Kennedy don’t have the same stuff, by far. So to compare the two wouldn’t be smart, IMO.

      Besides, Kennedy turned into at least a serviceable starter in Arizona.

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