Friday, October 16, 2009

Armstrong making his case

by Barca Blog - With the loss of starting pitchers Mike Minor, Caleb Cotham and Nick Christiani, head coach Tim Corbin will be looking to fill the holes in his weekend rotation for the 2010 season.

One of the candidates will be hard-throwing sophomore Jack Armstrong.

Last night, the 6-6, 226 pound right-hander gave a solid effort for the Gold team in the Commodores’ intrasquad series opener. Armstrong earned the win, allowing two runs -- one earned -- and three hits in four innings of work.

Armstrong began making his case for a starting job with a terrific summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Playing for Wareham, he went 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA and only allowed 27 hits while striking out 31 in 35 innings of work.

“He didn’t pitch a lot for us last year, but went to the Cape over the summer and was the starting pitcher in the All-Star game at Fenway Park,” Corbin told the 104.5 Wake Up Zone. “The progression he’s made over the course of the summer against very good talent only helps his confidence. Guys who have good summers like that really help us out."

The Jupiter, Fla., native only saw limited action in his freshman year, but worked hard on developing his pitches.

“His velocity is in the 94-97 range but the thing about a big kid like that is that one of his best pitches is his changeup," Corbin added. "He has a great feel for it.”

Click Here to listen to Corbin’s 104.5 interview

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