SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Rockies supervisor Bud Black is a pitching connoisseur, so when he makes daring statements, for good or for dangerous, you discover.
Early in spring coaching, he had this to say about hard-throwing right-hander German Marquez: “He’s obtained weapons. I just like the poise he’s exhibited that final couple of years. There was nice development in that space. There may be confidence. He’s growing into the most effective pitchers within the Nationwide League, for certain, and possibly all of baseball.”
However Marquez, 24, took a step backward Tuesday evening in an unsightly Cactus League efficiency towards the Angels, who blasted him for eight runs on 10 hits over four ⅓ innings. Justin Upton hit a solo dwelling run off Marquez within the third, and Taylor Ward launched a three-run shot later within the inning.
Marquez mentioned he was merely going to overlook the exhibition debacle and transfer on.
“It was simply a type of nights once I wasn’t on with my fastball and I didn’t have my breaking pitches,” he mentioned. “I don’t give attention to (that sport) in any respect. I don’t even have a look at the video. I simply give attention to the subsequent begin and focus on what I’ve to do to compete.”
Black, nonetheless, hopes Marquez takes one thing away from Tuesday evening.
“There are issues to be realized, regardless of if you’re German Marquez or Cole Hamels or Max Scherzer,” Black mentioned Wednesday. “The fastball up within the strike zone, whatever the velocity, will get hit — very laborious. You may by no means take (issues) as a right simply because you will have velocity. You continue to must find the ball. Final evening it burned him.”
The Angels’ 10 hits vs. Marquez weren’t bloopers. They had been smoked.
“I hope he learns that errors can value you video games, and that’s what occurred final evening,” Black mentioned. “We’ve talked so much in regards to the accountability of the beginning pitcher, and I’ve mentioned that (a pitcher’s) efficiency dictates, each evening, the result of the sport.
“And regardless that this was an exhibition sport and doesn’t rely within the large image, his efficiency obtained us to some extent the place we couldn’t get well.”
The place’s Nolan? For the second consecutive sport, third baseman Nolan Arenado batted third within the lineup Wednesday evening when the Rockies hosted the Royals. Black, clearly pondering an excessive amount of is being made out of the place Arenado will hit, described the scenario as “fluid.”
“He could possibly be two, three or 4,” Black mentioned.
Footnotes. Though left-hander Kyle Freeland is on monitor to begin at Miami on March 28, Black has but to formally title Freeland the opening-day starter. … The large-league camp roster continues to shrink, as catcher Chris Rabago and right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez had been reassigned to minor-league camp.