Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Francisco Liriano Update

Here's what you need to know:

July 5th -- 6 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 50% GB%

Liriano still isn't back to the same level he was pre-Tommy John, but his K% is consistently floating around 30% (it was at 32.2% in AAA in 2005), and his GB% has gone from 32% in April, to 41% in May, then 45% in June, and now 50% in July (compared to 57% with the Twins in 2006).

Everything looks to be going very well for Liriano. The increased K% and GB% indicate that he's beginning to let loose in his motion, and moving closer to the same mechanics that made him such a dominate pitcher. He's not quite there yet, but very close.

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