Withrow Debut Recap (03/14/10)

I think I'll go pitch-by-pitch as if I were watching this LIVE:

First thing I noticed is that Withrow comes from the Nolan Ryan/Chad Billingsley school of looking down before delivering each pitch. It's a crisp, drop-and-drive delivery that I absolutely love.

Batter 1:

First ball went into the dirt (probably overthrown). Next was a fastball that just caught the edge of the strike zone on the outside corner. Could have been called a ball but hey. Third pitch was a WICKED 11-5 curve (beautiful shape) again on the corner for a strike. Super pitch! Now a heater that was left up and fouled away. STRIKE 3 FASTBALL SWINGING. Withrow was living on the corner during this AB very effectively. I'd estimate he was in the 95-96 mph range.

Batter 2:

Wow, that curveball REALLY got away from Withrow there. As Eric mentioned earlier, he obviously lost the grip on it.

Batter 3:

Again, Withrow working away from hitters with a fastball up and out of the zone. Another fastball, this one with late movement inside for a strike. If he keeps the ball down, he'll be extremely tough, especially on RHH. From the stretch, he uses a slide step similar to Kershaw and seems to check down the runner pretty good. Fastball up for a ball. Ooh, next fastball has almost BELISARIO-LIKE movement but it's too far inside. Now a perfectly placed LASER on the outside for a swinging strike. THEN ANOTHER ONE FOR A SWINGING K. This guy was totally overmatched.

Batter 4:

Ever since that curve got away, he's been PURE HEAT. This one was inside. Paints the corner on the next pitch, maybe took a little bit off. WHOA, that was either a nasty SLIDER or Max Ramirez just swung at a fastball with some major league tailing action. Power curve gets away from Ellis allowing the runner to advance to 2nd. HOLY SHIT WHAT A FASTBALL TO K RAMIREZ. That HAD to be upper 90s. No freaking chance.

This. Was. Awesome.

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