Sorry for the delay of posting over the past week. Some hurdles added to a long week is a prime reason for my lack of posts as of recent. Not to fear, however, as I've got a fresh batch of goodies coming your way right now. Here's an update on a trio of arms making their way towards the highest echelon of Low-A pitchers.
Jason McEachern -- I witnessed what was almost historical for Jason McEachern -- a 6 2/3 outing of no-hit baseball for the Renegades. Unfortunately, he was yanked after 74 pitches and the reliever surrendered a hit to the Cyclones. Here's what I gathered from watching McEachern though.
He's a three-quarter guy with deception in his delivery. His fastball lacks sink or a ton of movement, but he hides the ball well and sits in the 93-94 range. He was throwing mostly strikes, and mostly fastballs for that matter, but was mixing in a curveball in which got hitters whiffing more times than not. There isn't much of a downhill plain to his pitches, but he gets on top of the ball and throws at a consistent arm slot.
He fastball was impressive, but it was mostly what he only threw. Although his curveball had some nice break, he didn't use it that often. With his delivery -- which can be a bit Justin Masterson-ish at times -- keeping him as a starter, especially lacking a good change up, might not be the smartest of moves for the Rays. He could probably be as effective, especially with the K's out of the pen. And his plus command would also fit in the pen. This is all just to suggest a prevention of a potential injury.
Juri Perez -- Although allowing more hits than innings pitched this year, Perez has upped his peripherals throughout each start. He isn't anything to dream upon, especially being only 5'11 and weighing only 148 lbs. However, he has decent stuff from what I'm hearing and gets a ton of K's with his off-speed pitches.
I wouldn't expect much going forward, but if he can get batters swinging as much as he already has he might be worth watching facing better hitters in higher levels. After all, there are slender and dimunitive pitchers in major league baseball, despite not having much in the tank in the long run. He is a command guy but doesn't lack stuff, his fastball has good movement and he throws it for strikes.
More reports coming tomorrow.