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  1. His fastball had some serious downward sink on it. He should be back up in september for sure, when the rosters expand.

    Comment by tom — August 5, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

  2. Only problem with this article is that he is not 22 yrs old. Try more like 26..

    Comment by perfectgame — August 5, 2009 @ 11:43 pm

  3. Was that a joke about the DR and age issues?
    Born: 12/25/1986 = 22

    Comment by Merkin the Giants Fan — August 6, 2009 @ 1:33 am

  4. i don’t think it’s a joke…

    Comment by Tom B — August 6, 2009 @ 9:01 am

  5. Yep, born Dec. 25, 1986, so unless someone is lying about his age (never happens with the Caribean players, right?), the kid is 22. Hopefully he gets his command issues under control this month…if so, I certainly expect to see him in September when rosters expand.

    Comment by ChiPower — August 6, 2009 @ 9:31 am

  6. I watched his inning against the Astros and was extremely impressed. He gets more sink on a 97+ mph fastball than just about any pitcher I have ever witnessed. That said, Waldis Joaquin remains an enigma to me: his stuff is so good, I can’t fathom how he has only struck out 40 in 54 IP in the Eastern League this year.

    Comment by fletchdm — August 6, 2009 @ 9:55 am

  7. I was at the SF-Houston series, and while I agree with the velocity marks for Joaquin, the Jonathan Sanchez number is misleading… He was hitting 93-96mph for the majority of the game with his FB, and the gun operator misread quite a few pitches as FB (86-89mph range) that were actually sliders with not much break…

    I’m not sure if the readings for the other pitchers are averages or top velocity, but in either case, the Jonathan Sanchez numbers are not quite correct.

    Comment by nbgiant25 — August 6, 2009 @ 10:47 am

  8. I saw him pitch in Connecticut one day, and he was not throwing upper 90’s. He was low to mid 90’s and topped out at about 96 or so (all based on stadium gun). Dunno if that has anything to do with his K rates, as a Giants fan I’m hoping I saw a fluky game and he’s normally throwing harder, rather than the Houston game being a fluke…

    Comment by B — August 6, 2009 @ 11:11 am

  9. Sounds like the same confusion Jays fans have been suffering through with Brandon League all these years.

    Comment by Eric — August 6, 2009 @ 1:08 pm

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