Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Rangers Magazine: What to expect from Wilmer Font?
By Bryan Dolgin
The next appearance for right-handed pitcher Wilmer Font will be his first at the major league level.
What should we know about the 22-year-old Venezuelan, who was recalled to the big club following the elimination of Double-A Frisco in the Texas League Championship on Saturday night?
“He’s a big, physical kid," RoughRiders pitching coach Jeff Andrews said of the 6-4, 210-pound Font. "He’s always had the fastball, and his secondary pitches are like any young kid with a great arm. Secondary pitches are a work in progress. He’s kind of reined in the fastball a bit. He’s got a very good arm. He can run it up there -- 97, 98 miles per hour. He throws a slider and a change-up, but his big pitch is his fastball.”
Andrews was a guest on Rangers Magazine (ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM) this past Sunday. He also discussed his view of the recent season for Frisco, Justin Grimm's return to the Rangers, righty Cody Buckel's season, Texas League Pitcher of the Year Barret Loux, Mike Napoli's 3-game rehab stint, and the reaction of Grimm and Font from the meeting where they were told they were headed to Arlington.
Font missed the entire 2011 season after having Tommy John surgery. He began this season with High-A Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League before being promoted to Frisco on August 1. In 33
combined appearances (19 starts), Font compiled a 4-5 record with a 4.03 ERA. He struck out 138 batters and walked 44 in 98.1 innings.
Hear more from Andrews and listen to the podcast.
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