Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Scout Him Yourself

I'm still not inclined to give the team the benefit of the doubt. Until I see what his numbers look like after 40 IP, I'm agnostic.

But here's some video of him pitching. At least til the MLB Nazis take it down.

Progress, I suppose. Not about the Nazis, but the signing. Duh.


  • I am not agnostic on this one. This pitcher was one of the big names in Cuba, so it is significant that the Nats beat other teams to sign him. We don't know if he will succeed in the bigs, just like we don't know if Aroldis Chapman will. However, the team has shown that they are not just sitting on the sidelines and licking ther wounds after Smiley Gonzalez. I'll take that as real progress.

    By Blogger Positively Half St., at 7/21/2010 7:50 AM  

  • I'm going to go ditto with Positively Half on this one. This appears to be strong process, unknown results. We've been hearing lip service on Internationals for awhile. Brian at Natsfarm has been critical of them this year for having nothing to show for their big talk in the Dominican in the 100K-750K range. And then they trump some of the big boys with this. The pundits don't see a puzzling El Duque signing as perhaps an indicator that they were in play. Maya, El Duque in the minors and Livo show that the Nats can become the team Cuban pitchers follow most closely and that can only be a good thing.

    If this is true, I consider it a watershed moment for the organization, on par with Jordan Zimmermann's debut last year as the first Nats homegrown pitching prospect of substance.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/21/2010 11:22 AM  

  • Concur, looks like top of the rotation #2 at least. Not the middle. Takes pressure off of both Zimmermann and Strasburg. He's the veteran they needed (as opposed to #5 guy Marquis or surgically altered Wang).

    Have to see though? He started pretty late for a Cuban. In his early 20's so his arm hasn't had as much wear. That could be a good thing given the Nats current DL.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/21/2010 3:02 PM  

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