Old Sneakers wrote:I agree, which is why I was against him being called up last year as well as the possibility this year. Let him learn how to pitch so he's not just another guy that is making trips to and from Norfolk. We really need him to become a solid #1 guy. I see no need to rush him to do spot duty in the majors.
I watched him pitch against the Yankees in Tampa two Wednesdays ago and he has a very effective deception in his delivery to go with good velocity. He pitched two innings. The first he looked nervous and it showed in his command and his pitch count. The second inning he looked much more relaxed and breezed through. He just needs to relax. He should know that he's NOT competing for a spot in the rotation, nor should he be at this point. I expect him to light up AAA for about three months and then we'll see if he;'s needed in Baltimore at that point.
The deception I was talking about is the way he dips his right shoulder backwards as he delivers. Because he's not the prototypical 6'5'' SP the ball looks like it's coming at the hitter in a non linear motion which can be very effective when he's throwing at any speed above 90 MPH becuase the hiiter won't get a good look at it until it's almost on top of him. If he can bring his change up at about 80 MPH with the same motion he will only need to use the curve about ten times a game as an out pitch.