Thursday March 4, 2010
Just a couple of quick notes.
Chris Young pitched today and looked very good. Velocity in his first outing of spring was as high as Padres fans have seen in 2 seasons. He consistently hit 86-88 mph and topped out on my gun at 89. Noticed most others were saying he topped out at 88. Nice movement on the fastball and more bite on his slider than I have seen from him in years (2007?) Threw 33 pitches and gave up 3 hits and 1 run in 1 inning pitched.
Correia looked good in his two perfect innings. Sitting 93-94. Used all his pitches and seemed to have added a 2 seamer, although he may have just been taking a little off his fastball. Heard one guy ask if it was a cutter. It was at about 87-88. Guess someone should ask him.
Radhames Liz looked bad. Kid has stuff, but no game. Nibbling early and then up across the plate late. It could have been much worse than it was, but he kept giving up hits late in the count instead of walking people. if that is any indication, he won't make the team or even be retained in the minors.
Matt Stairs looks 10 years younger with all that weight off, both in appearance and his swing. He looked like he is enjoying himself and has not changed his grip it and rip style. All the weight loss did not seem to affect his power either as he hit a frozen rope to right for a home run in the 5th. I was as impressed as I can be by a 42 year old player.
Forsythe got a single in his only at bat, but played 3B, not 2B which was manned by Hairston and Antonelli.
Might have more tonight when I get back to the hotel. Sorry about no links. May fix that later tonight as well.