Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Joys of Player Development

One of the best things about baseball is watching players develop and last night was no different as the D'Backs introduced uber prospect Max Scherzer to their rotation.

Scherzer was drafted in 2006 in the 1st round as the 11th overall pick. He began playing in the organization last year in Single-A. He was promoted to Double-A after three impressive starts for the Oaks. After a good start to the season in Tucson he was called up to the Diamondbacks on in late April.

The game did start well for the former Mizzou product as he gave up a double to the first batter and hit a batter in his first inning as starter against the Phillies. During his first inning of work in the rotation his velocity ranged from 96 to 100. Max struggled in his first inning giving up a run. On the night he only lasted four innings giving up seven hits and two earned runs, while throwing 92 pitches, 58 for strikes. The key will be seeing how he bounces back from the outing in his next start.

If he can develop, Scherzer can be the third stud in a rotation with Harden and Webb. He would also make Joe Wolf's Vertical Jump rethink his rookie of the year pick. So where is exactly is Clayton Kershaw at the moment.

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