22 GENE CONLEY
Throws R, W-8, L-9, 3.27 ERA
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.
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.
Throws R, W-7, L-5, 3.38 ERA
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.
weak hitter. No problem.
Throws L, W-5, L-6, 4.64 ERA
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