No the game wasn’t on MASN, but I could catch it on SNY out of New York.
Alfredo Simon (pronounced Si-mone)
A big right hander at 6’4” whose motion reminds me of a cross between Daniel Cabrera and Jorge Julio. His fastball was consistently clocked between 92-94 but lacks movement. He can throw the fastball for strikes but he lacks the pinpoint control needed with so little action. It also means he will get hit hard when it is anything but low in the strike zone.
His second pitch is a curveball around 70-75 mph that has good break, but he has no command to the point where the pitch is of little use. Even when he did get it over it didn’t fool anyone.
He has a third pitch that appears to be a split and looks to be an out pitch at 80-83 mph. He didn’t show it much tonight but hitters had trouble whenever he did. He struck out David Wright and Carlos Delgado in back to back at bats in the 6th on this pitch when he was in a jam.
His line for the night in which the Mets were using their regular lineup:
6 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 SO
His minor league track record, which has him with a career ERA of 5.06 and a WHIP of 1.46 doesn’t suggest he would be able to do much in the majors, but he could be of some use as a reliever if he can use his split effectively. Unfortunately, the O’s will use him as a starter so we will have to hope to catch lightning in a bottle as we did with Jose Mercedes a few years back. Tonight’s performance has likely earned him a spot in our starting rotation.