The Phillies batters got a good first-hand look at what Roy Halladay is capable of yesterday in Clearwater reported Todd Zolecki. He threw batting practice to a group of hitters that included Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and outfield prospect Domonic Brown. While Utley and the rest of the vets stood in to just track Doc’s pitches, Brown swung away, barely touching his nasty sinkers and change-ups.
Quotes courtesy of Zo’s article:
“I was trying to get in there, see a few pitches and try to hit the long ball off him,” joked Brown, whom MLB.com ranks the 14th-best prospect in baseball. “But it was pretty nasty, man. Pretty nasty. It was tough for me. Roy was throwing his cutter, and everything was moving. He has a nasty sinker. But it was exciting. It was such a great experience for me.”
Halladay on the session:
“Just being able to work both sides of the plate with somebody standing there is always nice,” he said. “You kind of start to get a feel, especially pitching inside.”
Carlos Ruiz had the fortune to catch Halladay’s session. Along with Utley, they were both impressed with what he threw.
“You could see it in his face,” Ruiz said with a smile. “His sinker impressed me. So did his cutter. Every pitch was in the strike zone. He’s the kind of guy who can go long in the game, because he’s going to throw a lot of strikes. He’ll go seven, eight innings easy. That’s what I saw today.”
Watch the video attached with the article. Seeing Doc pitch get’s me even more excited for the upcoming baseball season.