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The RIGHT Stuff
Jeff Pearlman
July 08, 2002
National League teams are scoring nearly half a run less per game than in 2001. Here's a scout's-eye view of six budding righthanders who are helping to hold batters at bay
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July 08, 2002

The Right Stuff

National League teams are scoring nearly half a run less per game than in 2001. Here's a scout's-eye view of six budding righthanders who are helping to hold batters at bay

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KIP WELLS, Pirates

AGE: 25
RECORD: 9-4, 3.09 ERA
OUT PITCH: FASTBALL

SCOUT'S REPORT: "Somebody with the White Sox [who traded Wells last December] is going to lose his job, because this kid can really pitch. He can command three pitches and has a sneaky fastball that catches a lot of hitters off guard."

WELLS ON WELLS: "I have a tendency to stay compact on the mound, but at the last second I want to put a little extra on my pitches. You have to hone your skills to the point where you can actually go out there, relax and do it."

JASON JENNINGS, Rockies

AGE: 23
RECORD: 8-4, 4.77 ERA
OUT PITCH: CHANGEUP

SCOUT'S REPORT: "He's not the kind of guy who blows you away. I keep hearing about his mound maturity. He's 23 going on 33. He knows how to pace himself, how to handle the pressure."

JENNINGS ON JENNINGS: "The key is this: Don't get rattled. Forget that you're facing Mike Piazza or Mo Vaughn. Once you aren't intimidated by pitching in a big stadium against the best athletes in the world, you'll be just fine."

VICENTE PADILLA, Phillies

AGE: 24
RECORD: 10-5, 3.25 ERA
OUT PITCH: FASTBALL

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