Re: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
posted at 7/26/2013 12:29 AM EDT
In response to Archer1's comment:
In response to slomag's comment:
Please, if you could judge this guy by watching a video or reviewing stats from 3 years ago, the Sox wouldn't have sent eight scouts to watch him pitch.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and his array of stuff that wowed scouts at a showcase this week in Mexico. The 26-year-old Cuban defector's fastball sat at 94-95 mph, topping out at 97, according to one official in attendance. The right-hander also threw a 91-mph cutter and mixed in a curveball, changeup and splitter for good measure, striking out six in three innings against Ensenada in a Liga Del Norte game.
I'll bet you this weeks paycheck that he doesn't throw 97.
All international pitchers come into the league with "experts" saying the same stuff.
Throws 95-96 topping out as high as 98 with a five or six pitch mix. When in reality he throws 91-93 topping out at 94 with a fastball, breaking ball and a third pitch. For goodness sakes, Daisuke had a gyroball amongst his 8 pitch mix.
I don't claim to be a scout, but your inaccurate when saying that all International players are over hyped pertaining the heat they bring,classic example is his fellow Cuban national Aroldys Chapman they said he would top out at 100 they were wrong, his top pitch has been 103. How good this kid really is would depend on a perspective of a scout, no one has seen him pitch more than 3 innings so how does anyone this side of Havana know what his top end is? As for DiceK I saw pitch his first game live in the bigs, and he was touching 96 consistantly, in Kansas City in the freezing cold... thats just a fact! No supposition needed !! The sox took a chance on three former Cuban national team members the best of the group so far has been Iggy, the other two have languished in the minors barely making the grade J.C. Linares and Ibarra, and yes both of these guys were overhyped! So again apples and oranges..