Zach Levine talked to new Corpus manager Wes Clements, and got some information on Fernando Abad. Nuggets:
The 24-year-old Dominican fits the profile of the control lefty, giving out a ridiculous eight walks in 82 2/3 innings of work in Lancaster despite pitching in the most unforgiving environment in affiliated baseball.
Clements, on Abad:
He was fearless in a league that did not have an abundance of fearless players. I'm not sure you're going find somebody at any level with less walks per inning."
Ricky Bennett, on Abad, who will apparently start the season in Corpus:
He's shown the ability to both start and relieve. Through the course of last season, he continued to get better. As a staff we were just trying to get him multiple innings. Going into this year, I want to keep him in the rotation so he can continue to develop his pitches and hopefully, he can continue where he left off last year."