Red Sox Talk: It’d Be Scary To See Hector Velazquez Pitching At The Major League Level
Early in spring training, the Boston Red Sox signed Hector Velazquez to a minor league contract in hopes to use him as a 7th starter or so. After his 3 innings, 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 Strikeouts and 1 walk, it is scary to think there is the possibility that he could be the 2nd or 3rd starting pitcher that the Red Sox could use if any of their top 6 starters go down.
Velazquez does not have overpowering stuff, only throws around 90mph. But he does have this nasty changeup that just falls off at the end. Saying that, he needs focus all on control and moving around the strike zone. Today, he struggled with that.
Yes it’s only one start but everyone in the Pirates starting lineup was catching to not only his fastball but they were making solid contact on his changeup and getting base hits. That’s on the pitch that he uses to get batters out. Last Sunday against the Rays, it was a lot of the same story.
When you have a pitcher getting hit around like that, you can’t expect him to be effective at the major league level. I don’t expect him to be on the major league roster come opening day, but still. He isn’t really fooling any hitter so far this spring and hitters are making solid contact for base hits.