Prospect Vizcaino lit up radar in spring debut

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Arodys Vizcaino became the first of the Braves’ three “young guns” to get action in spring training, and he had the Braves staff and coaches buzzing about it.

Vizcaino fired fastballs ranging from 94-97 mph in two scoreless innings in his debut against the Red Sox. He retired six of the seven batters he faced, allowing only an infield hit.

Braves director of Baseball Administration John Coppelella had the radar gun on him behind home plate, and after Vizcaino fired his first pitch – a fastball for a strike – he immediately showed the reading to Braves general manager Frank Wren and assistant general manager Bruce Manno sitting to his right.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez’s eyes were wide in the dugout as well.

“Wow,” Gonzalez said afterward. “That was a pretty good two innings too. Ball is down in the strike zone with some life. I don’t know exactly what he was throwing, but you could tell he had pretty good life to his fastball and his command was good. Threw two innings and threw strikes.”

Vizcaino threw 16 of his 26 pitches for strikes, attacking hitters with primarily fastballs. He said he mixed in four breaking balls and two change-ups.

The 20-year-old Dominican native, whom the Braves acquired from the Yankees in the Javier Vazquez trade, is one of the three highly-rated arms knocking on the major league door, along with Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado. Vizcaino was rated the 93rd best overall prospect by Baseball America, Teheran fifth and Delgado 35th.

Delgado is scheduled to make his first appearance on Thursday against the Tigers and Teheran could debut Friday in a split-squad game.

“For the first time I felt really good,” said Vizcaino, with bullpen coach Eddie Perez translating. “I want to show them I can pitch in the big leagues, and I can do any job they want me to do.”

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KennesawFAN

March 2nd, 2011
5:42 pm

Mark (another one)

March 2nd, 2011
5:50 pm

The future looks great. Any idea where these three will pitch this year? I mostly attend minor league games (budget) and would love to see them.

extremus

March 2nd, 2011
5:52 pm

Nice to have such a number of live young arms at or near MLB readiness. They should provide the Braves with plenty of options going down the stretch (both on the field as well as by potential big trade opportunities). Not that I’d be anxious to part with any of them as you never know how the health of your rotation will hold up, but there are only 5-6 starting slots on any MLB club at best. And the Braves will have far more than that ready very soon. At the very least it could be currency to address any glaring offensive/defensive needs come the trade deadline, with the potential to bring back a very high-quality position player for more than just a rental (finally).

Bob in SF

March 2nd, 2011
5:54 pm

Yet another reason to love the Yankees “win now” at all costs mentality.

justin1

March 2nd, 2011
5:55 pm

Give him back to NYY for Gardner for when Prado has to move to 3rd.

another minor leauge fan!!

March 2nd, 2011
5:57 pm

I am so pumped!! The way it looks the G Braves will have one hell of a team!! March 5th come on ready to buy some single game tix…..

Peter

March 2nd, 2011
6:02 pm

So for the foreseeable future, we have Hanson, Jurrjens, Minor, Beachy, Medlen, Teheran, Vizcaino, Delgado, am I missing anybody? Its a great time to be a Braves fan!

RomeDawg

March 2nd, 2011
6:13 pm

It is VERY exciting to be a Braves fan and see these young arms coming up! Kudos to our scouts who are the unsung heros of great baseball franchises that have years of continual success.

reckingball

March 2nd, 2011
6:13 pm

Kris Medlen.

Bill Stanfill

March 2nd, 2011
6:13 pm

So we essentially traded Vazquez for Vizcaino (and 1 year of mediocre outfield play from Melky.)

At the time, it just felt like a salary dump. It’s began to feel a little better when fans heard more about Vizcaino last year. Now it’s beginning to feel like a very smart salary dump.

Braves could use some power in the rotation–96-97 fastball with movement feels about just right.

Poorbrave

March 2nd, 2011
6:14 pm

Enter your comments here

Kenshin Kawakami

March 2nd, 2011
6:15 pm

When am i going to pitch?

justafan

March 2nd, 2011
6:15 pm

Love to see Lucas and Young on the team. All the kids look good………..

Scott

March 2nd, 2011
6:25 pm

What was Minor and Beachy throwing on Sunday? The Mets guys made it sound like Beachy was bringing it??? I’ve seen him 94-95. Interested if anyone knows?

collegeballfan

March 2nd, 2011
6:41 pm

We went to Myrtle Beach last year and hoped to see Vizcaino pitch. But he was placed on the injured list a few days before we arrived.

collegeballfan

March 2nd, 2011
6:43 pm

Peter March 2nd, 2011 6:02 pm
“So for the foreseeable future, we have Hanson, Jurrjens, Minor, Beachy, Medlen, Teheran, Vizcaino, Delgado, am I missing anybody? Its a great time to be a Braves fan!”

Amen!

MikeY

March 2nd, 2011
6:56 pm

And Lowe and Hudson. And a bullpen with similar potential.

Hawke

March 2nd, 2011
7:02 pm

it’s great to read about Vizcaino doing well in his first outing….can wait to read the results of Delgado’s and Teheran’s first pitching performances. Appears as if this team will be very well rounded…I can’t wait to don my big blue A hat on opening night at the Ted…

ramblingman

March 2nd, 2011
7:48 pm

And now we will hear from the scores of trolls who constantly whined for over a year about how bad the Vazquez trade was.

(cue the crickets)

Gee, where did they all go? Hmmm?

From all of us who defended Wren on that trade, you are forgiven.

idealwatches

March 2nd, 2011
7:53 pm

This is going to be great year for Atlanta Braves fans. I am ready to see all 180 games.

HAL

March 2nd, 2011
8:07 pm

yea old frank wren was an idiot to quote some on this very knowlwdgable blog here he was giving away a guy with the potentioial to go 10 and 13 with an over 7 era foir melk dud and some kid no ones ever heard about well most of us who actually fallow baseball even if a guys white or hispanic had very much heard of him sory he wasnt black dudes maybe you can wait for that jones kid to take over in right from stumble bum

Jt

March 2nd, 2011
8:12 pm

Got this guy in that highly-ridiculed Javier Vasquez trade didn’t they? If so, it may end up being Doyle Alexander/John Smoltz 2.

bucky oneil

March 2nd, 2011
9:03 pm

Kenshin Kawakami –
When am i going to pitch?

Very soon, I hope, in another town.
Look for one of these fine arms to be a sacrificial lamb in a deal to send Kawakami elsewhere. Hope it takes ALL of his salary as well. Haven’t heard of anything but……….. could be an option.

The Grinch

March 2nd, 2011
9:07 pm

As smart people knew all along, Melky was the THIRD most important piece of that deal. Vizcaino, Dunn, and hey what the hell throw Melky Cabrera in there to make the numbers look a little better. Nice to see some light bulbs going off finally. Lew and I told Frank Wren at LAST Spring Training that we knew he wasn’t an idiot, citing Vizcaino. He stopped and talked to us for several minutes, raving about how awesome this kid looked. I’m glad he got his extension and the front office didn’t go by what bloggers have been saying.

N8

March 2nd, 2011
9:11 pm

“Got this guy in that highly-ridiculed Javier Vasquez trade didn’t they? If so, it may end up being Doyle Alexander/John Smoltz 2.”

Let’s give Doyle Alexander some credit. He was dealt at the deadline and did for the Tigers Roy Oswalt did for the Phillies last year. He was lights out leading them to the ALCS against the eventual WS Champion Twins. Then had a very solid 1988 for the Tigers as well.

Javier Vazquez shat all over himself in NY (again) and damn near got booed out of town. Oh wait. He did eventually leave town, didn’t he? :-)

N8

March 2nd, 2011
9:13 pm

“Look for one of these fine arms to be a sacrificial lamb in a deal to send Kawakami elsewhere. Hope it takes ALL of his salary as well. Haven’t heard of anything but……….. could be an option.”

So let me get this straight…..

You think Frank Wren should “throw in” one of these 3 young studs in a potential KK deal so that he can save 6 million dollars?

Wow. Glad you’re not the GM. Quite possibly one of the silliest thought to every come across these blogs.

N8

March 2nd, 2011
9:15 pm

Well said Grinch. How you been? I’m right there with you. Would need 20 hands to count the idiots I argued with last winter, spring and summer citing the trade of “Melky for Vazquez” as being one of the worst in Braves history or a bust.

Hope the kids pans out. Sounds like he was pretty exciting to watch today. Sounded fine on radio. LOL

N8

March 2nd, 2011
9:18 pm

I don’t know what Minor or Beachy were throwing (MPH wise), but I know Jurrjens was barely hitting 88-89 on whatever gun they were using in his debut. Not sure if that’s anything to get concerned over, but….

RAMBLINWRECK

March 2nd, 2011
9:22 pm

Guys, hanson and jurrjens both have scott boras now as their agent. I can’t see the braves resigning either of them. Jurrjens will be gone next year and hanson to follow. I think we should trade them and get something in return while we can! These two will likely walk though with us getting 0 in return!

Gene

March 2nd, 2011
9:22 pm

I will wait until September before I eat my Braves hat over my critical comments on Wren. The Texas Rangers certainly love him for giving away Andrus and Feliz. At best, Wren may break even, kind of like the blind squirrel.

avery

March 2nd, 2011
9:27 pm

frank didnt not do the texiera deal… it was John….

avery

March 2nd, 2011
9:30 pm

who is the blind squirrel….
Wren is who got us J.J. in the deal that sent away Edgar Renteria to the tigers… Wren is so dumb… do not know what he was thinking

Dan

March 2nd, 2011
9:30 pm

2 Questions.
1) Hanson, Jurrjens, Minor, Beachy, Medlen, Teheran, Vizcaino, Delgado
OK question who would you say is the best top 5 of these?

2) Would you trade any Pitchers to St. Louis since they are hurting for Pitchers for Colby Rasmus (trying to keep ATL salaries low)
With also having Lowe, and Hudson and would you part with either one of them or any of the young ones from the list above?

ColoradoBravesFan

March 2nd, 2011
9:32 pm

Another great reason this was a good trade is we needed the $11.5M Vazquez was making to extend Hudson for 3 years at $9M per year. Great idea to keep Huddy for less than Vaz was making, and get A great pitching prospect in return.

The Grinch

March 2nd, 2011
9:32 pm

Howdy, N8. I didn’t even get to hear the game today, but I remember Wren telling us about Vizcaino throwing 94-96 with movement and good breaking stuff last year, and he had a gleam in his eye. Wren knows exactly what he’s doing. And you’re right; none of these prospects are going ANYWHERE anytime soon. Most any team would KILL to have our upcoming pitching situation.

Speaking of which, Ramblinwreck, I DO expect JJ to get traded this offseason for a boatload of prime prospects. Hanson, however, is under our control for 4 more seasons. By that time Wren will have straightened out the contract messes, streamlined and maximized the farm system and got this team right where it needs to be. The days of raping the farm system for someone like Tex are gone as long as Frank’s here and JS is playing golf.

tp86

March 2nd, 2011
9:43 pm

The future looks very promising as far as young pitching goes. I also like the fact that we’re keeping everyone and not trading them away. We are a blessed organization, with talent from top (Wren) to bottom (Single A guys). I myself am blessed to be a lifetime Braves fan!

GTH Phillies!

ColoradoBravesFan

March 2nd, 2011
9:44 pm

Dan good question on who we could trade for Rasmus. But I doubt St Louis would trade him unless they are blown away. No way we should blow St Louis away.

I agree with Grinch. I think JJJ or Lowe are traded, maybe both, this off season for a good haul. Probably JJJ is traded as he’ll bring the best return in a “boatload” of talent hopefully. GO BRAVOS

Vince

March 2nd, 2011
9:51 pm

I got badly JUMPED ON when I said fall back and relax on the trade of Vasquez.

Braves fans are soooo kneejerk.

Johnny Bravo

March 2nd, 2011
10:23 pm

trade Lowe & his $30 million in salary to the Yankees for a top 3rd base prospect; and use the money toward a slugger

Lowe will not replicate his 2nd half of last season ; trade him now at his peak value

Jay212033

March 2nd, 2011
10:39 pm

Bill Stanfill

March 2nd, 2011
6:13 pm

So we essentially traded Vazquez for Vizcaino (and 1 year of mediocre outfield play from Melky.)”

We also got Uggla using our other key piece from the Vazquez deal(Dunn). So I’d say that deal worked out pretty well for us!

The Monger

March 2nd, 2011
10:42 pm

Jair Jurrjens will not be traded in the offseason. Frankly, I do not see us letting go of any of our young talented pitchers in the near future. Frank Wren is a brilliant GM, and he knows how much of a major, major plus it is to have this kind of depth, and we will need them all in years to come to be dominant. Right now we are 10 deep with Lowe, Hudson, Jurrjens, Hanson, Minor, Beachy, Medlen, Teheran, Vizcaino, and Delgado. When Lowe’s and Huddy’s contracts are up in 2 years, thats it we will be down to these 8 and go STRONG for the World Series titles for years to come. Jair Jurrjens is a LEGIT Number 2 starter in this league with low to mid 90s fastball, excellent change up, excellent curve, and great command. He will be a Brave along with the rest of these guys for a long time. I only see Wren ADDING MORE pitching, if the price is right. The thing about the Vazquez trade was that we really needed hitting/outfield help at the time (melky), and we needed to dump his 11.5 million to sign Huddy. We have Heyward and Prado in the Outfield now, and with the offseason addition of Uggla we are set offensively. DONT LET GO OF A SINGLE GREAT ARM…………EVER!!!!!!!!

ColoradoBravesFan

March 2nd, 2011
10:50 pm

No way we can trade Lowe now. That would leave us with Hudson, Hanson, Jurrjens, Minor and Beachy/Kawakami/R Lopez as our starting rotation. One injury or Beachy/KK fall flat and we are hurting for starters. We need Lowe this year to give us a 4.00 era, 200 innings and get us to 2012. Then we’ll have Medlen, Minor, Beachy, Teheran, Vizcaino all ready for the 4th/5th starter positions.

But I believe Jurrjens will be the one traded this off season. He should rebound this year, and rebuild his value. We trade him for SS/3B/LF or CF prospects. With KK and McLouth salary coming off the books in 2012, Wren should have the money to fill what ever holes needed.

ReddJonn68

March 2nd, 2011
10:52 pm

Fredi is not named Bobby!

athensmatt

March 2nd, 2011
10:57 pm

Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz for Cox.
Teheran, Delgado, and Vizcaino for Gonzalez.

ColoradoBravesFan

March 2nd, 2011
10:59 pm

Monger…. Jurrjens is a #2, I agree. But he is about to get really expensive coming into his last year of arbitration. With both Jurrjens/Hanson being Boras clients, most folks believe we won’t be able to sign both long term contracts. Most want to keep Hanson over Jurrjens. I say keep both and trade Lowe. Not sure if that is what the Braves want to do.

So it is a definite possibility the Braves trade Jurrjens for a big haul in prospects, or maybe offer arbitration to get 2 draft picks…?

Runnin

March 3rd, 2011
12:33 am

2 points – Having these young studs knocking on the door just makes everyone in the current rotation put a little more focus and seriousness into their work ethic. At the least it sure would be nice having one of more these arms in the bullpen for the stretch run of the season.

bob

March 3rd, 2011
12:48 am

I loved everyone yelling for the braves trading Vazquez when he was a hot commodity, fact is he was an average pitcher who had a great year and the braves got top dollar for him, now the yankees have a pitcher doing poorly and the braves have a top flight starter in a year or so.

Thanks yankees, keep trading away your minor leagues.

moldavite

March 3rd, 2011
2:39 am

pitching wins world championships, it seems we have a great deal of very good young starting pitchers, but it is highly unlikely they will be as great as MADDUX, GLAVINE, SMOLTZ, AVERY, MERKER, NEAGLE. plus these aces had great defense playing behind them: LEMKE, BELLIARD,BREAM, PENDLETON, NIXON, JUSTICE, GANT,OLSEN, LOPEZ

oldmaninatlanta

March 3rd, 2011
4:04 am

It is great that we have all this pitching but we never seem to hear about anybody in minors that can pay ss or 3b or of that can hit for power.Seems they all are 260 hiters with 9 or 10 hr’s.Is there anyone close to being ready?

jake

March 3rd, 2011
5:32 am

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athensmatt

March 3rd, 2011
7:28 am

oldman — i expect those positions to be filled through trades or signings after chipper/lowe/kawakami comes off the books.

GTT

March 3rd, 2011
8:04 am

Salcedo could be a good one, oldmaninatlanta.

Jesse Stone

March 3rd, 2011
8:13 am

ramblingman

March 2nd, 2011
7:48 pm

From all of us who defended Wren on that trade, you are forgiven
_____________________________________________________________

What would a day be like without ramblingman speaking for everyone?

enz

March 3rd, 2011
8:28 am

Nice job Carroll…Love to hear what we have coming up! The third base issue for the future is a little nerveracking but our pitching looks sharp as always in true Braves fashion!

E-6

March 3rd, 2011
8:31 am

The Vasquez trade netted Dunn who helped net us 30 dingers. As someone else pointed out above, one or two of those good young arms are going to be needed to restock the left side of our infield when Chipper hangs them up and Gonzalez is done – which could be as early as this year.

Sid Bream is a top 10 all time first baseman

March 3rd, 2011
8:56 am

Mark wholers needs to come out of retirement

Lemke's Knuckler

March 3rd, 2011
9:05 am

This is why you shouldn’t judge a trade until a few years have passed.

bucky oneil

March 3rd, 2011
9:07 am

N8-
Wow. Glad you’re not the GM. Quite possibly one of the silliest thought to every come across these blogs.

I’ve seen a lot sillier. I’m not advocating an all for nothing trade, nor am I really advocating any trade at all; just saying if the Braves have a need to dump Kawakami, they are going to have to sweeten the pot.
I could see a deal being made IF the right player or players were offered in return.
Of the pitchers in question (Hanson, Jurrjens, Minor, Beachy, Medlen, Teheran, Vizcaino and Delgado) you can bet one or more will be moved for other considerations.

Really?

March 3rd, 2011
9:14 am

You guys are hopeless. It’s SPRING TRAINING! Let’s not forget francouer had a great spring training his last year with us.

Bats Bats Bats Bats Bats

March 3rd, 2011
9:28 am

We need more Bats Bats Bats Bats Bats. Our hitting and power are lacking. Our pitching is gonna be good.

What Duh

March 3rd, 2011
10:13 am

Hal I believe when the good Lord gave out brains you got a rock instead. Probably the dumbest blog I’ve ever read on a Braves blog. And Gene, John Shurholtz made the trade with the RANGERS not F. Wren. Shurholtz was famous for making one and done deals and giving up the farm to get it done. So far Frank Wren has shown that’s not his style. GOOOOOO BRAVO’S.

bill

March 3rd, 2011
10:45 am

the future’s so bright I gatta wear shades.

pcb mike

March 3rd, 2011
11:17 am

Kawakami, you’ll love Myrtle Beach, it is a great beach town. Good luck.

smalltownbravesfan

March 3rd, 2011
12:43 pm

2012 rotation: Hanson/Hudson/Lowe/Minor/Teheran. JJ traded for 3b/ss prospects.

N8

March 3rd, 2011
2:20 pm

“Of the pitchers in question (Hanson, Jurrjens, Minor, Beachy, Medlen, Teheran, Vizcaino and Delgado) you can bet one or more will be moved for other considerations.”

After this season going into next season? Perhaps you are correct. I honestly believe Jurrjens is pitching his last season in a Braves uniform. Especially if he doesn’t light it up this year.

But before this season? Unlikely. And to “sweeten” the pot for a team to take KK off our hands? Ridiculous at best.

bucky oneil

March 4th, 2011
11:25 am

N8 –
But before this season? Unlikely. And to “sweeten” the pot for a team to take KK off our hands? Ridiculous at best.

Never said this was eminent, never even said that I advocate such a move. What I did say was “IF” the Braves have a “NEED” to dump Kawakami’s salary they would have to add a viable prospect. That, as “Ridiculous” as it may sound to you, is a fact TODAY. I’m sure any discussions that have taken place with other teams thus far have contained similar conditions. Making statements like “Silliest thing I’ve seen” and “Ridiculous at best” are certainly your opinions, but it doesn’t change the facts as they stand at this time.

mathews55

March 5th, 2011
8:29 am

bucky are you seriously saying that there is question to dump Kawakami? do you remember the 1-10 5.15 era season he gave us last year? what about the 7-12 season previous of that?
honestly kk is one of the biggest busts i have seen out of the braves in a long time. i say cut kk and sign a young outfielder to compete with McLouth for the season.
Go Bravos!

bucky oneil

March 5th, 2011
12:01 pm

No question in my mind, but how do you do it?
Trade or out right relase?
Trade options, AT THIS TIME, would have to include pitching prospect.

Is it worth it?

toms

September 24th, 2013
1:19 am

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