Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Purcey not overpowering, but precise
By Ian Hunter
As I watched last evening's contest against the Baltimore Orioles, I noticed something interesting about David Purcey's delivery: he can be precise, but he's certainly not overpowering.
I don't claim to be a scout ... probably the furthest thing from it, but as an armchair manager it appeared as though Purcey was just lobbing it in there a la Tim Wakefield. While he topped 93.4 MPH on the radar gun, there was something about his delivery that made him look as though he was throwing an offspeed pitch.
Of course, it wouldn't be a typical David Purcey start unless there were at least three or more walks. Obviously, Purcey still needs to work on his control a little bit, but that's what next year is for and hopefully Brad Arsnberg will address that and work with him in offseason.
Moving forward, Purcey's role with the Blue Jays is very murky. I know the Blue Jays are trying to groom him to be a successful starting pitcher, however he lacks a go-to punchout pitch that all successful starting pitchers have.
I've talked to others and bounced around the idea of having Purcey in the bullpen as the long relief guy. It seems like a feasible idea as there will likely be a surplus of starting pitchers next year anyway.
Regardless of where Purcey lands on the roster next year, he needs to work on his control issues before he becomes a valued part of this club in the future.