One is an ace looking to get healthy and ready for the 2008 season. The other was an ace and is trying to prove he can be healthy and pitch effectively in the 2008 season.
Boston Red Sox reclamation project, Bartolo Colon, kept on reclamating himself on Saturday. In a minor league start Colon threw 34 pitches over 3 shut out innings, allowing 4 hits, and 0 walks while striking out 2. Other than the box score, a positive was that Colon again, showed good velocity in the outing, a big question mark that forced many teams to shy away from signing Colon in the off season. Another positive was Colon's ability to mix his pitches up, throwing 2 seamers, 4 seamers, sliders and a change-up he is attempting to feature more in his repertoire.
The Red Sox hope to get more good news on Sunday, when ace Josh Beckett continues his progression from back spams that slowed him earlier in spring training.
Beckett is a clear cut reality and fantasy ace. Draft him early and expect a 200IP, 200K near 20W season. Even if he isn't as dominant as he was last season, he still has a tremendous offense behind him to offer him more than enough run support for the 2008 season.
I was down on the Colon initial Colon signing, but I am starting to change my mind. Colon is a guy who might now be worth keeping an eye on. Granted the start was against A-ball hitters, Colon did look good and did what a Major League pitcher should do against A-ball hitters. Take a late round flier on Colon and see if you can stash him on your DL. It will be interesting to see if he can get healthy enough to last the entire season, but it now seems as if it is worth it to see.