First Look At David Purcey
Of course the most important thing for Purcey’s first outing was settling down and throwing strikes, here’s a look at what he was throwing. He does have a changeup, but did not feature it at all last night:
UPDATE: He did also throw a two-seam fastball (hat tip- Obal) that ranged between 84-91 mph. It didn’t move like a changeup, but a couple of times (like when he got Ordonez to pop out), it was as slow as one. So Purcey was either usefully erratic on his first day or “taking something off it”. It’s news to me that he even had that pitch in his arsenal (there should also be a marginal slider lurking around).
His fastball was 94-95 and was tailing well. His curve wasn’t anything special (edit: on second thought, I might just be spoiled. It was like Burnett’s on his first night out when he had his normal drop but mediocre side-to-side movement. But most pitchers DREAM of that kind of movement) but if you saw the game you know he was able to throw it for some key strikes- unlike his fastball that was sailing up on him:
Now it’s back to the minors for the big lefty (he will be replaced by Shawn Camp according to Wilner). Not sure what he “learned about the umpires” except that they’re pretty good (as I showed over at Baseball Digest Daily, umpires are not typically any harder on rookies) but not a terrible debut…remember McGowan?