Originally Posted by Edd Roush
So the coaches legitimately only let him throw two pitches in the game? If so, that sounds pretty dumb. How can it be so difficult to throw a third pitch when you throw the other two so well?
You look at his good numbers in a tough pitching league in a small sample size and you see promise. I guess if he truly can never learn a third pitch, he will never be a big league starter. I just don't see how that's possible to not be able to throw a third pitch when you can already throw two plus ones.
No, I am saying that because he hasn't developed a third pitch that he is likely to be moved to a reliever position. And as a reliever, coaches aren't likely to continue working on a third pitch with him and will be working solely with his fastball/slider combo, thus decreasing his chances of ever finding that third pitch because he won't be focusing on one anymore.
As for it being so difficult to throw that third pitch if you can throw two so well..... if it were so easy, everyone would do it. But a slew of guys can't and those guys wind up as relievers.