OK, I got to see him pitch tonight in New Britain. He got two full innings of work in and it's obvious that he's not concerned with his heat or slider. He threw a lot of pitches in the low 80's which indicates he was throwing the change up. It's great that he's working on it, but it's going to need a bit more work. The velocity seemed to fluctuate from 79 to 84 and there wasn't a whole lot of break to it.
He hit 94 on the gun once, and his heater seemed to hang out at around 90-92 with his slider at about 87. He also had some control issues with the first batter, throwing a few fastballs in the dirt and then hitting him. After that he settled down, but wasn't exactly sharp. Didn't allow any runs, but got into two jams. But again, he threw mostly change ups. When he ramped it up, the hitters had trouble catching up.
It's nice to see him working on that change up. It'll serve him well in the majors if he can master it. But for now, it's a work in progress. If he's still with the team in May when they come back to New Britain, I'm going to enjoy comparing tonight's performance to what he does then.
Edit: I forgot to talk about his delivery. It seems he's throwing the same way he did last year, with that severe whip like motion in his arm. There didn't seem to be any effort to generate more torque from the hips to lessen the strain on his elbow, and if anything, his hip rotation appeared to be an afterthought. It was as if he was just using his legs to get his shoulders around and squared up so he could throw the ball toward the plate, rather than trying to generate drive with his legs. His throwing motion still looks very violent.
Edited by Lucen, 11 April 2006 - 11:49 PM.