Re: Homer Bailey and Travis Wood pitching tonight
Not a lot of pitchers in low A throwing a really effective change ... I think that contributes to his success. I expect the same in High-A and AA. At the AAA level he'll meet hitters who've seen a lot of change-ups, so I'd expect that to show whether he's got a possible Major League change-up. A great change up can be effective in the Major Leagues ... Mario Soto? Hey, does anyone know if Soto has worked with Wood this season? Is Wood's a straight change or a circle change? Regardless, a really good change can make Albert Pujols look silly...it can be a viable big league pitch, but hitters will sit on it if you don't mix your pitches better at the higher levels. I loved watching hitters flail at Chris Reitsma's change when he first came up, but then hitters knew he'd throw a 75mph pitch as his out pitch and they pounced on it.
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