I was able to watch his first start of the season. It was my first chance to see him and I came away impressed. He commanded the strikezone with four pitches. His fastball, short breaking curve, big breaking curve and change up were all pitches he could locate where the catcher wanted them. Guys his age simply can’t do things like that. A lot of Major Leaguers can’t do that with that many pitches. Both curveballs were good. His change up had some nice tumble on it.
In his first start of the year he was perfect through three innings. He was throwing a very good slider down in the zone. He had strong fastball command. He had the hitters off balance. Then the fourth inning came around and he lost not only his command, but his control. His fastball, his slider…. it didn’t matter. He couldn’t throw the ball near where he wanted to and he didn’t make it out of the 4th. The stuff was there and it was nice to see the command show up in those first three inning. He ...