• Apr
    09

    Britton's Opening start

    Although a storm shorted an outstanding performance, it certainly didn’t damper any excitement surrounding Bowie left-hander Zach Britton last night.

     

    Britton mainly used a 92-94 MPH sinking fastball to toss four and third shutout innings allowing just three hits (only one legitimate hit), no walks, striking out three, and inducing seven ground ball outs.

     

    He retired the first 11 batters he faced before allowing an opposite field double on a 3-2 pitch that he got up in the zone. He pitched mainly away from hitters with his fastball, especially right-handers but used his improved slider effectively against left-handers using it as a strikeout pitch in two of his three K’s, both against lefties.

     

    The slider was the best I’ve seen it with quick late bite and good depth.  Lefties had no chance against it and although he didn’t throw that many, he was pretty consistent in the 81-82 MPH range with and threw it for strikes.

     

    He only threw two changeups and both were a little hard at 85-86 MPH. He really didn’t need the pitch tonight and in the first start of the year it’s understandable why he didn’t throw many, but after talking with Caleb Joseph I expect to see that pitch much more in his arsenal this year.

     

    He had pretty good command on the night going to a three ball count only twice. I’m looking forward to seeing him use more of his pitches and move the fastball around a bit more in all quadrants of the zone.

     

    Overall it was a great start to the season and he showed tonight that even with two pitches he could dominate Double-A hitters.


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