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May 19, 2010

White Sox interested in Yuniesky Maya again?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 19, 2010 2:20 pm
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Google translation of Jorge Ebro’s El Nuevo Herald column (h/t MLBTR):

Several reports indicate that Chicago White Sox and New York Mets would be among those who have expressed interest in the former pitcher for the national teams of the island. “From what we have seen, is consistently scoring between 92 and 94 mph,” Hernandez said.” But the main thing it is not so much the speed as the amount of resources and the ability to combine them. He knows how to get outs.”

Here are all my previous posts, including scouting reports and videos, on Yuniesky Maya. Scott Merkin wrote in January:

I was told at SoxFest that the White Sox scouted Maya and watched him throw, but they dropped out of the Maya picture after signing J.J. Putz. The money wanted wasn’t commensurate with where the White Sox thought Maya would be pegged as a fourth- or fifth-starter type.

Maya is at least six years older and right-handed, but on the other hand, boasts far more competitive experience and, by all accounts, a fuller arsenal of secondary pitches. Maya told Terreno de Pelota’s Uziel Gomez [Google translation] last September he alternates between a 94-mile-an-hour heater, slider, change-up, curve, and sinker, a repertoire which scouts backed up after seeing Maya in action at a workout late last year.In the 48th National Series that ended last year, Maya ended second to Chapman in strikeouts, 119 to 130, but outdistanced the younger pitcher in the league’s equivalent of the Cy Young, thanks to Maya’s superior overall stats: 13-4, seven complete games, and a 2.22 ERA in 145 IP. In six Cuban campaigns, Maya managed a 48-29 record with a 2.51 ERA and was also lights-out in both of his brief appearances at the WBC.
BTW, here’s Maya’s approach for Ichiro (from the Terreno de Pelota link):
“I always tried to open with the first strike in the lower to get above them in the count. Ichiro worked with him side shoots, the high and the surf line, changing the time of pitching. I got a grounder to second and then shortstop. “

Those Google translations are da bomb!

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