Baseball America released their first installment of "Split Decisions" today. This is where their writers (Editors in chief Will Lingo and John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and national writer Chris Kline) get a chance to explain why they chose player A over player B when putting together their top 100 prospects for 2008. Today they have Clay Buchholz up against Joba Chamberlain.
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Jim Callis: "In terms of pure stuff, I think Buchholz’ curveball and changeup are right up there with Chamberlain’s fastball and slider. I’d love to have either of those guys, but I’d take Buchholz."
Chris Kline: "They’re both fearless, but Chamberlain pitches off his fastball more consistently. And not that Buchholz is some soft-tosser, but I when I think of an elite pitcher who will come right after hitters with pure power, it’s Chamberlain."
Will Lingo: "I know they’re talking about moving him to the rotation at midseason, but Jonathan Papelbon was a starter at this time last year too. I just think Buchholz is a little more likely to end up as a long-term No. 1 starter."
John Manuel: "Chamberlain’s superior fastball makes him the better bet to be a long-term ace. In fact, it makes him the best pitching prospect to come around since I’ve been at BA, surpassing Josh Beckett and Mark Prior."
There you have it an even split and we are back where we started.