Why Colby Lewis Is The Next Big Thing in Baseball

Jason KimCorrespondent IMay 3, 2010

SEATTLE - APRIL 30:  Starting pitcher Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 30, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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How great is this story?

Colby Lewis struggles with several Major League teams, the Rangers, Athletics, Tigers, and the Nationals, in the U.S.

Then in 2008 and 2009, he plays for the Hiroshima Toyo Carps in Japan.  He thrives there, leading the league in strikeouts both seasons. Then he comes back and dominates for the Rangers in the States. Pretty good, huh?

When rumors surfaced about the Texas Rangers bringing back their former first round draft pick, fans only remembered his 10 win, 7.30 ERA season. How do you win 10 games with that stat sheet ?

Great strikeout pitchers in Japan don't always transition well to Major League mounds. The Yankees learned that the expensive way with Kei Igawa, who is now a run of the mill pitcher in Triple A.  Lewis has faced his share of troubles, too.

But Colby has dominated in his first month back in Texas, putting up an impressive 3-0 record with a 2.76 ERA. His stuff looks good and his control is tremendous. He is also averaging more than one strikeout per inning.

Lewis is the next big thing in baseball, he might be an All-Star in Los Angles this summer, or even a Cy Young winner at the end of the season.

Keep an eye on him.