Is Fausto Carmona for Real This Season?

Michael ArenaContributor IMarch 28, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 18:  Fausto Carmona #55 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Spring Training stats can be quite misleading and need to be taken with a pinch of salt, but Fausto Carmona's recent success looks legitimate.

I fell victim to the Carmona hype last season, only to see him relegated to the minors by June, but this time around he looks more in control and poised to be a consistent contributor for the Tribe. 

After going 19-8 with a 3.06 ERA just two years ago, Fausto seem poised to regain the form that made his so dominant that year.

We all know he has a nasty sinker, but the most telling fact this spring is that he has maintained his composure, exhibited by the fact that he has thrown 13 scoreless innings to a tune of a 0.45 ERA.

Coach Manny Acta likes what he's seen so far also.

“When times get a little tough, he's tended to put a little pressure on himself and starts trying to do too much," he said. “He made the adjustments he needed to in winter ball. Coming off two tough years, it's important for him, mentally, to do well."

If he can get a few solid starts under his belt to start the season I think he can be a good no 3 SP at least and given his ADP of 222 he's well worth the risk at that point in the draft.

Last season he just couldn't get any consistency early on which damaged his confidence, through April his ERA was over 6.00 but if he can carry some of this spring training magic into April, he seems primed for a bounce back season with the Indians offense backing him.