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PITCHING: Towering (6-foot-8) ex-basketball star has third-best ERA of Braves' starters, and despite bad luck showed flashes of oldtime brilliance in last half of season. His comeback has meant a lot to Braves pennant drive. Fast-ball pitcher with a big, loose motion, keeps everything low, has good control. Fair curve. Inclined to be erratic; sharp one day, lacks stuff the next.
FIELDING: Size makes him clumsy, slow. You can bunt on him, steal on him.
BATTING: Not a bad hitter for a pitcher. Good power. Treat him with respect.
PITCHING: Scheduled for relief work at first of season, was sent down to Triple-A, then recalled to become starter when injuries hit pitching staff. Doubtful starter in Series but almost certain to be used in relief. Fast ball only average, curve and slider good. Very sharp control, depends mainly on ability to pitch to spots, likes to throw everything low and on outside corner. After very promising rookie season, has been hit hard this year.
FIELDING: Handles position adequately.
BATTING: Very weak hitter. No problem.
PITCHING: Last year's minor league strikeout whiz has spent most of the 1957 season bouncing back and forth between Braves and Triple-A, hasn't yet lived up to rave notices. Has cut down on big motion to help control, in doing so lost some of blazing speed. Fast ball still moves but not overpowering, curve only fair but improving, control shaky. Needs experience. Doubtful Series starter, could relieve.