Agreed. Paulino’s minor league career was slowed down by injury, so don’t be too deceived by him being 26–he still needs more experience under his belt to find his command and consistency. Once he does, he could be deadly. The same should be said of Bud Norris, who can also hit the upper 90s with his four-seamer, but seems to have progressed a little quicker with his command.
Comment by Christian Seehausen — October 1, 2009 @ 9:54 pm
Paulino’s walk rate isn’t too terrible. Would you say that his control is passable, but his command is what needs work?
From watching him, I’d say it’s definitely his command more than his control. He leaves a lot of fastballs (and occasionally hanging sliders/breaking balls that don’t break) up in the zone. If he kept the ball down better he would improve, I suspect.
Comment by Christian Seehausen — October 1, 2009 @ 11:24 pm
Paulino was out all of 2008 with an injury. Taking that into account, Paulino’s inconsistency this year is not unusual. Paulino had some sparkling games when glimpses of his potential became apparent. For example, he started ain interleague game against Detroit and pitched 7 innings with 0 ER, 9 Ks, 0 BBs, and a game score of 76. Paulino’s primary problems this season have come against LHBs, with a 1.120 OPS against by LHBs and .740 by RHBs. Paulino probably needs to develop a pitch which is more effective versus lefthanders. This could either come in the form of better consistency from an existing off speed pitch or picking up a new pitch.