By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
May 29, 2012
Cody Poteet is a guy I was eh on at first, then I saw him in the spring of his draft year and I was more sold. You can read that update, but the point is that if a guy has a good arm, stuff, and is downhill, I really don’t care if he’s a smurf or a Jawa or whatever. An arm is an arm. You have to have some strike throwers who can throw three pitches and compete and those guys don’t have to be Randy frickin Johnson. Dude was quiet, came in, did his work, and left.
Just for the record, I didn’t like him for the video in these clips — the guy was throwing practically standing up. I got him in the spring and he started getting better extension and on top of the ball. That you can dream on — but these looks were brutal — and he looks like a guy who just came over from shortstop to pitch. That said, he’s got to prove now that this good look in spring that I covered a few months ago wasn’t a fluke. If he pitches anywhere like he did in these looks, oh man, he’s going to get ripped. But you can’t pitch for radar guns and you can’t throw like you’re standing against a brick wall. That’s the difference. I wish him well, really I do, but if I see him next year and he looks like he did in these clips, I’ll be going back to my original impressions, and this time, I won’t change my mind. And if you don’t like what I have to say, you’re going to love pro ball.