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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Scouting report Alexi Ogando

Ogando started the year out on fire, and put to rest all the critics that thought he belonged in the bullpen. He's 27 years old, and hasd a long rocky road to the majors- he was a failed hitter and was also involved in a marriage for visa fraud. But last year he went from double A to the World Series.

This year he's 7-2 (14 starts, 88 innings), with a 2.66 ERA. he throws first pitch strikes 58% and generates 8.3% swing and misses for a 6.5 K/9, and only 2 BB/9. He's benefited from a low BAPIP (.229) and high strand rate (79%).

He's mainly a 2- pitch pitcher( main reason people viewed him as a reliever), with a heavy 95 mph fastball and a power slider. He will throw an occasional change up (5%, 85 mph).

He is a power arm who limits home runs, but I question his long term effectiveness as a starter despite a Plus plus fastball.

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