Is Ryan Yarbrough the new model for pitchers?

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Is Ryan Yarbrough the new model for pitchers?
Is Ryan Yarbrough the new model for pitchers?

I have long been a Ryan Yarbrough skeptic. When he first arrived in the bigs (I'm less of a prospect hound than others, so this was basically my introduction to him), I saw a soft-tossing lefty with a pedestrian strikeout rate and good but not amazing groundball rate and thought This is a guy who will fool some batters for a couple months, but his long-term viability is highly questionable. When he rode the bulk role to a top-five finish in the Rookie of the Year vote, again I noticed the 4.41 xFIP, the 12.4 percent K-BB rate, and the sub-90 mph fastball and said I don't want that guy as a key cog of the 2019 rotation. Well, look how that turned out. Yarbs was the Rays' second-most valuable pitcher

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