Posted By Jeff Fletcher on March 18, 2009 9:42 am
ESPN’s Keith Law did not like what he saw out of Vin Mazzaro on Tuesday. His comments appeared on the Insider’s portion of his blog, but here they are…
Oakland rookie right-hander Vin Mazzaro reportedly has been clocked at up to 96 mph with sink while throwing primarily fastballs, but Tuesday, he worked on off-speed stuff. He was not impressive. His fastball was 90-94 with some sink and life, but his changeup was way too hard at 87-88, and his mid-80s slider had a long, hard, horizontal break that took it well out of the strike zone. Neither pitch was effective at missing bats, which has been a problem for Mazzaro since he signed.
Mazzaro still is an interesting prospect, but there’s no way the stuff and command he brought Tuesday could work in the big leagues right now; I assume he’ll be sent over to minor league camp shortly to continue working on his secondary pitches.
Mazzaro was definitely not as good as he’d been in his other games. It just goes to show there’s a big difference between having big league talent and being able to perform consistently. That’s why they have the minor leagues.