Mlb Week

April 16, 2006

A scout's take

On Brian Bannister, New York Mets' 25-year-old right-hander and son of former major league pitcher Floyd Bannister

Repertoire -- "He showed me a good cutter, good command and he's not afraid to pitch up in [the strike] zone with an 86, 87 mph fastball because he has real good location. He gets it up just high enough not to get hurt."

Tools -- "His biggest asset is his control and command. It looks like he's not going to walk many people. Of course, he walked four and hit two [in his debut April 5 against Washington]. And it still didn't hurt him."

Intangibles -- "What he does against left-handers is run his fastball away from them and he's not afraid to come in. He has lots of poise for a young kid, lots of poise."

Note: "A scout's take" features the opinion of one major league scout on a particular player each week. A revolving roundtable of scouts is used. Because of tampering issues, the scouts will remain anonymous.

Say what?

Washington second baseman Jose Vidro on the Nationals' spacious home park, RFK Stadium.

"This is not by any means a major league ballpark. I don't know what you call this. You can call this an airplane field, because this is not baseball-type dimensions."

Numbing number

16

The number of walks Orioles right-hander Daniel Cabrera issued in his first two starts. Through its first nine games, the entire Minnesota Twins pitching staff also had walked 16 batters.

What's up?

Blue Jays play the East

If the Toronto Blue Jays want to establish themselves as a legitimate power in the American League East, this is a good week to start. They host the New York Yankees for two games and the Boston Red Sox for three. The Orioles make their first trip to Yankee Stadium beginning Friday. The Atlanta Braves visit the New York Mets for three games starting tomorrow in what could become a season-long battle for the National League East title.

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