A few notes on pitching from "Mr Know-It-All"
1- The Fastball is the best pitch in baseball
2-A pitcher is completely useless if he does not have Command and Control of his pitches
3-Starting Pitchers need three solid pitches with the fastball being the best of them
4-Velocity is nice but High Velocity pitchers are more combustible. Movement is far more important.
5-A pitcher is completely useless when on the disabled listOpinions:
1-I'd rather have a SP with an ordinary 4.50 ERA that can manage 180 or more IP per year and make start after start than any guy who is 28 years old trying to figure it out. Reliable stuff is more important than great stuff.
2-Great Pitchers do not have to be 6'3 or taller.
3-Great Pitchers go right after hitters and trust themselves.
4-Dickering around the strike zone leads to inflated pitch counts and early calls to the bullpen.
Every year I pull my hair out trying to figure out what the team will do and what I really want them to do in the draft. In the past choosing early that has been easier. Now picking later it's far more convoluted. However, pouring over web content repeatedly has lead me to start liking some prospects over others.Aaron Blair RHP Marshall (Junior)
...the word “good” can be found throughout Blair’s scouting notes in my Word doc: good command of a 87-92 FB (93 peak) with good sink; good 74-78 CB; 81-85 CU thrown with good looking arm action; good, sturdy frame (6-5, 220 pounds); good numbers (8.42 K/9
in 2011, 9.04 K/9 and 3.37 FIP
in 2012). If you didn’t know any better, you’d think Blair is a pretty darn good prospect...
“When Aaron came to Marshall, he was primarily a fastball-curveball guy,” Marshall pitching coach Joe Renner said. “And I think the thing that’s really improved the most and has become a really good pitch for him is the changeup. It’s a swing-and-miss pitch for him, it doesn’t matter if it’s a righthanded hitter or a lefthanded hitter. It’s got a lot of late, sinking action on it and when you add that third pitch to the mix, it makes it tough on hitters. For me, that’s been the biggest thing because he’s always had pretty good command. It’s gotten better as he’s gotten older. His velo has improved as he’s gotten stronger. Each year, he’s just gotten a little bit better.”
Video ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlhyT-JLvQw
Why am I growing fond of a guy that has (currently) an outside chance at the first round? Well if it looks right it is right. This guy looks like a MLSP to me and he's not from a baseball powerhouse like Stanford, LSU or one of the JUCO manufacturing plants. Nor is he so highly touted a prospect that he's under massive amounts of pressure. Also, I see no crash landing or strain. This is an arm to watch!