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  1. Sucks to see a guy with so much potential get lit up because he doesn’t know where his pitches are going. As a plus I guess he is only 24, but it doesn’t seem like he’s taken many strides towards becoming a legitimate starter. He seems a lot more comfortable in a relief role for whatever reason.

    But anyways, frustrating times yet again for Angels fans. In the first week of the season Weaver breaks his arm, Aybar jacks up his foot running to first base, Hamilton looks like he has no bodily control of his arms, and we’re batting about .100 with RISP. Maybe if Selig removed the month of April from the standings we could actually make the playoffs again in the next decade.

    Comment by Nick — April 10, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

  2. Early on it says his slider has a 38% swstr rate but later on it’s ~17 vs lefties and ~15 vs righties. Not sure how those combine to 38%.

    Comment by joeiq — April 10, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

  3. Drafted him for a buck in an AL keeper league. (Weaver went for $20+ ouch!)I always remembered he was one of the highest upside guys because of his stuff, and ground ball rate. Hope he puts it together.

    Comment by Nick — April 10, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

  4. As I see it, the only way he’ll be effective in any role other than as a situational reliever is if he develops an effective changeup, primarily to use against lefties rather than the slider. His fastball velocity is sufficient to overwhelm minor league hitters, but MLB hitters will continue to punish those fastballs. Because of his command issues, he’s constantly in fastball counts. A good or even decent changeup would greatly improve the efficacy of his fastball as well as provide an additional out pitch.

    Comment by walt526 — April 11, 2013 @ 2:46 am

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