Wednesday, March 21, 2012
First Pitch: Scout says Hughes has to start
By Andrew Marchand
The scout who first alerted me last spring that Phil Hughes and his velocity were a concern has a much different report this spring.
"I feel like he is throwing almost better than he ever has," the scout said.
Hughes starts in Port Charlotte against the Rays on Wednesday afternoon on ESPN. So far, Hughes has given up just one-run in 8 1/3 innings, which means a little more because Hughes knows he is fighting to win a job.
"Unless, he has a setback, he has to be a starter," the scout said.
Hughes, who arrived overweight a year ago, entered Tampa in shape and ready to go. Today, he will try to build on what he has accomplished thus far.
The Yankees agree. They look at Hughes as a starter. They think he can be the 2010 first half Hughes. He came into camp in much better shape and, according to the scout, has been throwing 92-93 and sometimes 94 with a nice sink.
"That good curveball seems to have comeback," the scout said.