Re: Cactus League - Reds vs. Tribe 03/17/13
Some observations on the first day of watching baseball since October:
Mat Latos looks just like he did last season. Dominant one inning, struggling the next. Tired arm, according to the interview afterward. Fair enough.
Wilkin De La Rosa looks like he could be a future LOOGY. Nice, smooth arm action, tough to pick up. Villareal looked like a human batting tee. Rough, rough outing. Hopefully, it's just a tired arm. Otherwise, ick. (I saw him last season in Louisville, and he looked... serviceable.)
Hamilton stung a ball-- right on the screws-- but it was caught. He also caught what looked like a sure-fire single on a great jump and some serious speed in CF. That's good to see.
Comparing Heisey's swing to Lutz's shows you just how much Lutz has to learn. I love Heisey's swing. Quick, compact, power.
Speaking of long swings, Mesoraco-- same old, same old. Slider away after fastballs up. Denis Phipps has gained 30 pounds since I last saw him, maybe more. He's absolutely huge.
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