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Oliver Perez' First Norfolk Start Was Better Than It Looked

Mike SteffanosSunday, August 6, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

On his Surfing the Mets Blog, Adam Rubin interviews Mets' Minor League Pitching Coordinator Rick Waits regarding Oliver Perez' first Norfolk start:

[Perez] was missing down a lot, which is a good sign. He just had a little problem with his fastball command. We're going to go to work today. This is the first day in a lot of ways. You've got to let a guy throw and take a look at him.

The thing I saw last night that was well is he's got an electric arm with his fastball and a real sharp slider. Just like with a lot of pitchers we're going to work on a consistent delivery. The game wasn't good last night. But the first inning he got the bases loaded and no out and should have gotten out of it. The umpire missed a call at third. He ended up giving up just one run. I liked the way he battled.

We really haven't done a lot with him yet. He just got here. We wanted him to pitch. There's a lot of things we're going to discover.

Rubin cites Waits that Perez' fastball was getting up into the low 90s, which is a good sign since he had lost so much velocity in his last starts with the Pirates, but his mechanics were really off.

Read Rubin's full Mets Minor League Report here.

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