Old Sneakers wrote:Not sure if anyone noticed it or not, but Matt Hobgood had another scoreless appearance tonight.
ofahn wrote:If he continues to pitch the way he has been a June 1st promotion to Frederick would certainly be warranted.
Old Sneakers wrote:
I suspect they hold him back and keep him on the Shorebirds roster beyond that. They want to keep him healthy a full season and get as much arm strength back as possible. I am with you that he's old for Delmarva at this point. However, it's encouraging to see him playing well and doing a solid job in his current role. All we really know is that he wants to play and succeed. Time lost to injury is what it is. End of the year I see him getting bumped up to Frederick. He does well then, they will re-evaluate him next spring training and could move up quickly. Main thing is good healthy for now.
Old Sneakers wrote:Couple reasons.
1- Let him face the same batters 2-3 times. See if they adjust to him.
Old Sneakers wrote:2- His current role suits him right where he's at (For now).
Old Sneakers wrote:I'm not saying keep him in Delmarva all season if he looks good through July. Post all star break I hope he is promoted to Frederick. You can totally call me over cautious here. I want the team to get something out of him. He, gets through this season injury free and looks strong next season his development can be more aggressive.
A_K wrote:Biggest thing he's got going for him is that the velocity is ticking back up.
In my mind, the best case scenario for him is just to make it through the season, building up his innings and velocity, without suffering an injury or set back.
Then they can go into next spring training treating him as a starter for one last time. If you start him at Frederick, he's only a couple promotions away from the bigs if things go well. If he falters again, it's back to the bullpen for one last chance to succeed.
Jordan Tuwiner wrote:He posted on Twitter last night that he hit 97. A great sign.
I've noticed that with the increase in velocity has come a modest decrease in command. He needs to find an effective compromise. Being able to command a 93 or 94 MPH FB can be devastating IF you can also command an 83 MPH change up.
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