- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
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Batting: Never throw him low fast ball over plate and never throw him change-up. Keep fast ball high; may fish for high pitches. Terrific power to all fields. Duster doesn't bother him. Left-hander's outside curve may catch him.
Fielding: Good range, accurate arm with average power. Is best coming in for ball.
Base-running: Good speed to 1st. Doesn't steal but gets good jump on bases.
AL ROSEN, 3b; bats R, throws R
Batting: Great curve-ball hitter. Can overpower curve and pull it hard to left. Also hits curve deep to right. Start him with slider, down and away, then come in low and fast. Don't use duster as waste pitch. Keep waste pitches low.
Fielding: Improved but not outstanding. Arm adequate, range fair. Handles bunts, plays hitters well.
Base-running: Only fair speed but can get good jump. Doesn't gamble.
V. WERTZ, 1B; bats L, throws R
Batting: Pull hitter with power, but can be worked on. Start him fast, high and away, then curve him high inside. Weak on low change if you set him up with fast ball. Stick with high outside fast ball. He'll chase it out of strike zone.
Fielding: Can't move to his left and lets Avila cover for him on right. Weak on drag, sacrifice bunts.