Sunday, June 13, 2004

Back from Israel. Great time. I highly recommend it. Don't be fooled by media coverage. Israel is a lot safer than it seems.

I don't have much to say today since I am suffering from some serious jet lag. Here's Baseball America's comment on O's first rounder Wade Townsend.

Wade Townsend, rhp, Rice

Many scouts are projecting Townsend as a big league closer, but he has the stuff to pitch in the front of a big league rotation. His fastball velocity has fluctuated this spring, sitting at 87-89 or 90-91 mph at various times, but he has also hit 95. He also throws the nastiest curveball among the Rice trio, though sometimes it breaks so much that he can struggle to control it. He'll throw an occasional changeup to lefthanders, a pitch that needs refinement.