Friday, February 26, 2010

Paulino has "the best pitch in baseball"

Of course, there's a caveat.

Brad Arnsberg to Felipe Paulino:
"Your fastball is the best pitch in baseball if it's properly located. The velocity is second to me. You need to be able to locate."

We all know how Paulino and Quintero got together and started eating vegetables, but Paulino comes into camp with some confidence:
"My stuff is great. I'm a power pitcher and a power arm, and last year I threw everything hard, and this year I am trying to change it to slow, hard, slow, hard. I think that is going to work this year...

...I started working out and tried to be confident all the time. When you have the pitches, [you have to] be confident. You know Houston is going to give me the ball every five days, and you're going to be more confident and stronger in your mind when you pitch the game."

"You know that type of arm when things come together is pretty significant. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't, but I think a lot of it has to do with giving yourself the best chance to succeed, and I think the approach he's taken during the offseason and the focus that he's brought into camp is an indication he's going to give himself a chance to succeed. It's competition. He's got to rise to the occasion."

"I think we'd really like a guy with the ability he has and the talent he has to go ahead and take the bull by the horns and do it. So we're going to wait and see. But a guy with his skills, if he has to go back and develop those a little bit more because of his age, that's not hurting us at all. If it takes a little time to develop and come up and be an everyday starter, that will happen. At the same time, you'd love to have a guy with that type of arm in the rotation."