Wednesday, November 25, 2009

AFL Reprise

Badler: AFL Velos

Excerpt from Ben Badler:


New team, same stuff: Rangers righthander Danny Gutierrez spent most of the 2009 season on the disabled list, but he has shown two major league-quality pitches when healthy. Gutierrez, who the Rangers picked up from the Royals in September in the deal that sent catcher Manny Pina and outfielder Tim Smith to the Royals, showed a 90-94 mph fastball and a big-breaking 71-75 mph curveball in the AFL.

“He can really command his fastball," said Surprise pitching coach Tom Phelps, the Yankees’ pitching coach at Double-A Trenton this season. "He’s about as good as anybody here at commanding his fastball, and he knows how to change speeds. His curveball’s a good change of speed from his fastball—it really slows the hitters down. He’s a guy who could develop his changeup a little bit more and learn how to use it, but his fastball’s so good and he can command it so well, that’s how he attacks hitters.”



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