GREENSBORO, N.C.–Rockies righthander Josh Sullivan hadnâ€™t pitched in nearly a month, but looked just fine in his first May start in low Class A Ashevilleâ€™s 3-0 shutout at Greensboro on Wednesday.
Sullivan, a 2005 fifth-round pick out of Auburn who hadnâ€™t taken the mound since April 27, threw 54 pitches and topped out at 93 mph over his 3 1/3 inning outing.
The 22-year-old righthanderâ€™s delivery reminded several scouts in attendance of Astrosâ€™ righthander Matt Albersâ€”with loose windmill-like mechanics, reaching down to increase torque before reaching his release point.
â€œSome guys can do that, some guys canâ€™t,â€ said one scout from a National League club. â€œSome guys will show you they can do that with velocity as amateurs and then when they turn pro it slowly goes downhill because they canâ€™t repeat it consistently.
â€œHe didnâ€™t repeat his delivery all that well for me, but he showed good stuff and really showed he likes to live over the inner half. But even with that, he didnâ€™t work away very much. There wasnâ€™t very much setup with his pitches. Heâ€™d pound the fastball in and then throw those depthy changeups or backdoor a slider or freeze somebody with a curveball. He did everything except work away. He was staying away from using the outer part of the plate.â€
Sullivan threw eight changeups out of his 54 pitches, and all of them ranged from 82-85 mph. He also showed an above-average sinker in his first start since returning from a bout with biceps tendinitis.
This is Sullivanâ€™s first full season after spending the last two years at short-season Tri-City, where he went 3-4, 2.71 with 74 strikeouts in 70 innings last season.
This year, the 6-foot-4 righthander is now 3-1, 2.67 in 30 innings after allowing three hits and striking out four against the Grasshoppers.
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