TuckerBlair89 wrote:Hunter is around the zone a lot. Add that on with his velocity being around 90-92 while a starter, and you have a ton of balls crushed out of the park.
With a tick of velocity in the pen, he could easily be a reliable option. I am not entirely surprised by his success there. I am surprised by how much the tick in velocity turned out to be though.
When you can throw 96+ MPH you really only have to keep the ball below the belt to be effective. Particularly, when the batter will only see you one in the game. Hunter might want to go back to starting, but IMO this is the role that will allow him to have a successful ML career. I hope he has some long conversations with Jim Johnson about how to succeed in the majors.
A big part of the success of the Orioles' bullpen over the last few months has been the ability to throw so many different looks at the opposing team. Almost everyone coming out of the pen has a different approach than the rest. It really messes with a hitter's timing.