Orioles righthander Radhames Liz routinely pumps his fastball in the 94-97 mph range, but he has yet to show that he can throw strikes on a consistent basis. Part of the reason for that has been mechanical, which Liz said he knows.
Liz reminds bullpen coach Alan Dunn of one of his former pupils, Chicago Cubs right-hander Carlos Marmol, who made the transformation from starter and was one of the most dominant relievers in the league last year.
"Both of them have that type of power arm," Dunn said. "It’s very aggressive and power-type stuff. Those are the kinds of things that jump out at me when you see both of them throw – their tempo and the way they attack the hitters."
Liz worked hard on his mechanics in the Dominican Winter League and said he’s pleased with the results.
"It’s not a big change," he said. "I know what I was doing wrong. I’m doing it the way I want now."
Liz, 24, appears to be ticketed for Triple-A Norfolk, although he could start the year in Baltimore’s bullpen. Given his power repertoire, inconsistent mechanics and command issues (70 walks in 137 Double-A innings and 23 walks in 24 2/3 major league innings last year), an eventual move to the bullpen would seem to be a good fit for Liz.