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With velocity that just touches 90 MPH, Harang is not going to make many batters miss. He can be effective when he stays down in the strike zone and hits spots with a decent slider and much-improved change, with which he gets many of his strikeouts. He has been working on adding a two-seam fastball. However, he leaves too many fastballs up in the strike zone and can get roughed up with longballs. Harang has decent control, though he is prone to nibbling with men on base. He has become more capable of holding his stuff deeper into games, as he has matured physically and can be depended on to get through at least 6-7 innings. ~ STATS Inc.
Arroyo offers a four-seam fastball that tops out in the high 80s to low 90s. His most effective pitches are his curve and slider, especially when he can get opposing hitters to chase them. He allows roughly an equal mix of flyballs and grounders, and usually exhibits good control. For whatever reason, he pitched much better on the road last season than in Fenway Park. The wiry Arroyo is a fine fielder, and his quick delivery makes him one of Boston’s better pitchers at holding runners. ~ STATS Inc.
While Milton’s talent suggests a No. 2 or 3 starter, he has guts and competes well. With a full year of pitching behind him after missing most of the 2003 season following serious knee surgery, he could be expected to continue to improve. Milton throws a curve, a changeup and a 92-94 MPH fastball that he’ll cut inside to a righthanded hitter. He is an aggressive pitcher who goes after the hitters. Even though he was a flyball pitcher in a park conducive to home runs, he never gave in and never made excuses. In doing so, he earned the respect of his teammates. One scout noted that he has a lot of “quality intangibles.” ~ STATS Inc.
Update: – Milton has been placed on the 15 day DL, so he will obviously not be starting on Thursday. We’ll just have to wait for a formal announcement.