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Started by Schloicka, September 14, 2020, 07:18:17 PM
Quote from: Sea Dog 23 on September 14, 2020, 07:54:05 PMHouck might be described as a tall, rangy pitcher, 6-5, 220. VFrom the soxprospects site,Mechanics: Throws from a low three-quarters arm slot. Utilizes a full wind up. Starts on the first base side of the rubber. Long arm action including elbow climb in the back and high leg kick. Cross-fire delivery is very tough on right-handed hitters. Gets good extension to the plate. Very quick arm. Unique delivery with a lot of effort, but it works for him. Has worked on staying squarer to the plate with very obvious improvements. Does struggle to repeat his delivery as he works deeper into games.Fastball: 92-94 mph. Tops out at 98 mph. In college, he worked almost exclusively off a two-seam fastball regarded as among the best in the 2017 draft. In 2018, the organization attempted to work with Houck to instead rely primarily on a four-seam fastball, based in part on Trackman data, but he struggled in the first half of the year and returned midseason to primarily throwing the two-seam while mixing in the four-seam more often. Two-seam shows arm-side run and heavy sink down in the zone. Four-seam is routinely in the 95-97 mph range, but the pitch is straight and gets hit hard when in the zone. Below-average fastball command profile. Potential above-average pitch. May add a cutter eventually. Also throws a slider and recently a split fingered fastball. Summation: Potential late-inning reliever, with a chance to develop into a back-end starter if his splitter develops to complement his slider and he refines his fastball command. Could also succeed in a multi-inning relief role. Will likely struggle to turn over a lineup of major league-quality hitters with his current pitch mix and mechanics. Arm slot and fastball-slider combination make him extremely difficult on right-handers, but his low arm slot and lack of a third pitch give him trouble against lefties. Splitter is a new addition to his arsenal, but it has shown potential against left-handed hitters, which will be vital to chances stick in the starting rotation. Has the size and demeanor you look for in a pitcher; able to bear down when necessary.
Quote from: longgame on September 15, 2020, 02:57:12 PMLove that Roenicke doesn't even seem to be able to make out the lineup by a reasonable time either. Seems like they are released far later than in past years.
Quote from: SeaBeachFred on September 15, 2020, 10:17:59 PMTonight Houck's debut was impressive. I didn't like the three walks but sure as hell liked the seven strikeouts and only two hits in five innings. That he got the win too was good. Perhaps he should have been brought up sooner but better late than never. I hope he can replicate his performance in his next couple of starts because it would be nice to know that we may have a pitcher home grown who can help us get back our winning ways. Tonight was encouraging.