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A’s Jesús Luzardo forced to adapt as a kid. Now his stuff is ‘almost unfair’ -

The next, next big thing.

“Growing up, Jesús wasn’t the biggest kid on the team, he was one of the shorter kids, so he had to develop command and feel for the offspeed,” said Luzardo’s father, who also is named Jesús. “I think that was an advantage for him: He learned to pitch without the advantage of the fastball. And then he got the velocity when he grew. He needed a different approach — a lot of the big kids depended on the fastball and he didn’t have that luxury.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2019 at 06:13 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rally Posted: September 20, 2019 at 09:34 PM (#5881418)
First time looking at headline i thought i saw “Luzardo forced to adopt a kid”

That would an interesting story.
   2. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: September 20, 2019 at 10:59 PM (#5881444)
Luzardo is my favorite pitching prospect right now. Mize is the one that gets most of the attention, but Luzardo has both a better K/9 and a basically equal BB/9 rate. He's also younger and has played at higher levels.

Mackenzie Gore has higher k/9 and higher BB/9 rates. Luzardo's ratio between those two stats is a tick better.

Pearson has the same K/9 and a worse BB/9.

All those guys range between 0.5 and 0.7 HR/9. Pearson is the worst, Luzardo right in the middle. Brendan McKay is better than Luzardo on all three measures. But, eh, I'm still excited about Luzardo. In TFA one of his teammates calls him 'Zeus', which is probably just based on his last name, but I think it's a pretty good nickname all the same.
   3. puck Posted: September 21, 2019 at 12:58 AM (#5881457)
He must get his named misspelled all the time as Lazardo or Lizardo.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: September 21, 2019 at 01:12 AM (#5881459)
Lizardo was going to be the villain in the next series of Luke Cage.
   5. Darren Posted: September 21, 2019 at 10:24 AM (#5881481)
First time looking at headline i thought i saw “Luzardo forced to adopt a kid”

That would an interesting story.

It'd be even better if it was one of the kids we keep taking away from others.
   6. A triple short of the cycle Posted: September 21, 2019 at 01:40 PM (#5881544)
Before Luzardo went down with the injury in spring training, Chapman said: "He's a stud. You can quote me on that."
   7. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: September 21, 2019 at 02:55 PM (#5881578)
Growing up, Jesús wasn’t the biggest kid on the team

He was popular at parties, tho, especially when he did his "fishes and loaves" trick.
   8. Khrushin it bro Posted: September 21, 2019 at 11:44 PM (#5881794)
I would have thought the free wine would have been a better party trick.
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: September 21, 2019 at 11:49 PM (#5881795)
too soon

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