Defending Jim Hendry: The Matt Garza Trade

I’ve been mulling over these thoughts in my head for quite a while, and after seeing Chris Archer‘s baby face in a promo for the AL Rookie of the Year Award, I think it’s high time I come clean and admit it. I like the Matt Garza trade. The original one. Yes, the one that sent Archer, Hak-Ju Lee, Brandon Guyer, Robinson Chirinos, and Super Sam Fuld to the Rays for Garza, Zach Rosscup, … Continue reading

Video of Rays’ LHP Blake Snell

This is video from Blake Snell‘s start on May 1, 2013. Snell worked 90-92 (topped out at 94) with his fastball. The two-seam fastball had good arm-side run, and the 94 mph fastball was likely a four-seamer. Snell’s changeup sat low-80s, and was extremely effective, especially against left handed batters. Usually changeups are less effective against same-handed batters, but Kane County’s left-handed batters had significant trouble making contact with it. Snell’s breaking ball is a work in progress, but it flashed plus at least once, while sitting in the 75-77 range. All Snell’s pitches have the potential to be plus offerings down the road.

Snell’s final line wasn’t pretty (3 1/3 IP, 5 hits, 3 BB, 5 Ks, and no earned runs (3 unearned runs did score)), but I was very impressed with his stuff. His command was spotty all night, but the raw stuff kept hitters from making solid contact. Interestingly, he appeared to not totally trust his stuff, as he nibbled at the corners for most of the game rather than going right after hitters. Snell’s raw stuff is very advanced for the Midwest League, and I have trouble seeing the MWL feasting on him if he were more direct in his approach.

I really liked what I saw out of Snell, and hope that he is able to find his command soon. If he pitches near me again I will absolutely make the trek to see him.