“Garcia kept the young Rays lineup off-balance with his array of off-speed pitches, and the one time he did get in trouble—with Evan Longoria at the plate and men on base—Granderson tracked down a 400-foot liner to the wall with a full-speed, running catch to end the inning.”
“His best off-speed pitch is his curveball, which Binghamton manager Wally Backman said is already good enough to fool major-league hitters.”
“Fastball command was huge, and being able to put some off-speed pitches in for strikes on fastball counts was big," Weaver said.”
“And he's getting away with his off-speed pitches because the Rangers have never faced him before.”
“But once he showed he could catch up to them, pitchers threw him more off-speed pitches.”
“So in the improbable event that Young found himself facing Bixler in that situation, he would be more likely to start with an off-speed pitch or something at the edge of the strike zone.”
“Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher, and to some extent Curtis Granderson are streaky hitters who kill poor pitching—and fastballs especially—but can be undone by good pitchers with above-average off-speed stuff.”
“And his curveball wasn't polished enough to be his lone off-speed pitch.”
“His mid-90s fastball is useful primarily in that it sets up his off-speed pitches.”
“He threw all his pitches effectively, from his off-speed stuff that darted down into the dirt to his power fastball that he blew past hitters high in the zone.”
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