Saturday, May 17, 2008

Report from Lakeland - Day 2

The Flying Tigers won again last night - 4 to 1 over the Dunedin Blue Jays. I got to see Porcello for the first time and he looked about how I expected him to look. He's very tall and throws hard - mid 90s for most of the game and got as high as 98. As advertised, he is pretty polished for a 20 year old with a good change-up and breaking pitch to go with the fastball. He was not over powering. They hit some balls pretty hard but he held them to one run in 5 2/3 innings. His control was good - just one walk.

Other than Porcello, the highlights of the night were an inside the park homer by Jeremy Laster and five consecutive strikeouts by reliever Guillermo Moscoso. Laster looked impressive - a center fielder with good speed and power. Moscoso looked very tough. the batters looked helpless against him.

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