ScoutingtheSally sees a big drop off from the qualty of his fastball and curveball to that of his changeup:
A distant third in terms of the strength of his repertoire, the 78-81 MPH change has decent location at times, but lacks the movement and consistency to project as anymore than a borderline average offering. His arm action also slows up from time to time tipping the pitch and causing the pitch to remain up in the zone.
Freddy made the 1st start of his minor league rehab assignment yesterday for the Kannapolis Intimidators:
Garcia was limited to three innings as he builds his way back to the Bigs, but looked sharp in his brief stint. He seemed to focus primarily on his off-speed pitches, flashing both an effective slider and curveball.
it was pretty hot:
Garcia fanned three in the 95-degree heat and helped his own cause by inducing two double plays in a 3-2 victory over Rome.
Arizona is rumored to have told Williams no twice in the attempts to land ace Dan Haren, but the growth of Richard could help pry Haren loose at this point.
BTW, Cowley also says the ‘Clayton Richard to the bullpen’ move isn’t a done deal.