Atlanta Braves Spring Training got off to a good start against what will likely be the worst team in the Major Leagues in 2020, the Baltimore Orioles.
Felix Hernandez “looked” good
While the velocity did not all of a sudden reappear after 5 years, Hernandez pitched 2 solid innings, giving up 0 hits and striking out 2 while walking 1. I wrote this a few weeks back when the Braves signed Felix, but it looks like he threw at least 2 cutters yesterday, and could’ve been more. Also, the velocity seemed dialed back a little more than his new norm, which could be the way he goes forward to increase location and allow his offspeed stuff to play up.
Left-handed Relief Pitching Battle is On!
If yesterday is any indication, the Braves really do plan on giving Sean Newcomb the chance to win a starting slot. 4 left-handed pitchers were used in yesterday’s game: Chris Rusin (2 innings), Grant Dayton (1 inning), Tucker Davidson (2 innings), and Phil Pfeifer (1 inning). While none gave up runs, Rusin, Davidson, and Pfeifer definitely looked better than Dayton and it’s going to be tough for Dayton to fight those guys off, especially Davidson and Pfeifer as they both have 40-man spots.
Shea Langeliers Impresses
We knew his defense was good as he was immediately considered the best defensive catcher upon being drafted, but I’m not sure anyone expected this from Shea Langeliers in his first spring game of the year.
Drew Waters has Strikeout Swagger
We’ve heard whispers that Drew Waters is…um, full of confidence. Yesterday it was on display after a strikeout.
Today’s Atlanta Braves Spring Training Game
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