Young starters trying to make the long-term leap

Originally Published: April 16, 2008
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Somewhere between the promise of a Johnny Cueto or Clay Buchholz and the $15 million guaranteed payout that Fausto Carmona just received as a 19-game winner, there exists a world of ambitious young starters trying to bridge the gap from hopeful to fulfilled.

What does this pitcher look like? He's typically 25 or 26 years old, and chances are he tore up the minor leagues amid lots of acclaim. Maybe he got sidetracked by an injury after that, or changed teams, or lost some confidence while ...

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