Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Gouvea: Brazilian, pitcher

The Albany Times-Union has a story on pitcher Murillo Gouvea, who is Brazilian, plays baseball and not soccer! (anyone else find this a little stereotypical?)

Gouvea, on being one of 12 Brazilians in the minors:
"I'm working on just throwing strikes," Gouvea said. "Throwing strikes and getting outs."

That current combination of knockout stuff and a lack of consistent command suggests Gouvea may be best suited for a relief role -- in nine appearances as a reliever for the Astros' rookie-ball affiliate in Greenville, N.C., last season, Gouvea sported a 3.77 ERA over 282/3 innings, striking out 30 and walking only eight.

But for now, he's just happy to be breaking the mold and, perhaps, blazing a trail.

"We don't have too many great players in Brazil, but there is talent," Gouvea said. "If one person born in Brazil gets to the major leagues, it could really open the doors."