ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — With baseball’s lowest payroll, the Tampa Bay Rays cannot afford to make many mistakes and still win. But they have weathered a few blunders, including the trade of Felipe Vazquez — now the star closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates — when he was in Class A in 2014.
“Guys like Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo, they had some ‘now’ body to them,” said Mitch Lukevics, the Rays’ farm director, referring to the team’s current late-inning tandem. “But Felipe was the opposite. Felipe was like 140 pounds soaking wet. It took him a little longer to develop and grow and get some strength. But look at him now.”
The Rays traded Vazquez to the Washington Nationals in a deal for starter Nathan Karns, but Vazquez’s voice could still be heard the other day in Tampa’s clubhouse — from the cellphone of Alvarado.
Alvarado had overwhelmed the Yankees for a save the night before, and Vazquez responded by texting his friend a short video of himself watching the Rays’ broadcast and narrating Alvarado’s highlights. Alvarado smiled as he played it.
“My family was close with him,” Alvarado said. “I signed with the Rays and went to academy and I see him and, he goes, ‘Oh — my man!’ He’s a good friend, like the first lefty pitcher throwing hard, with Enny Romero. It was Enny, Felipe and Alvarado, so I’m the original here for the Rays.”
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Vazquez, 27, signed with the Rays from Venezuela in 2008. Alvarado, also from Venezuela, signed four years later for just ,000. Romero, from the Dominican Republic, now pitches in Japan, and Vazquez bounced from the Nationals to the Pirates for Mark Melancon in a 2016 trade. But Alvarado has staying power.
Entering Friday, he had a 1.04 E.R.A. in 18 appearances, with 26 strikeouts in 17⅓ innings. His best pitch is a mind-bending sinker that averages almost 99 miles per hour and seems magnetically pulled toward the first base on-deck circle just as it crosses the plate.
“Never from a lefty like that,” Rays catcher Travis d’Arnaud said, after catching Alvarado for the first time last Saturday. “Movement-wise, he’s like the left-handed Jeurys Familia. It’s nasty.”
Alvarado threw only a four-seam fastball and a curveball in the minors but knew he would need to add a cutter and sinker to reach the majors. The best cutters and sinkers appear to be the same pitch to hitter, inducing him to swing before veering sharply one way or the other. Alvarado perfected his sinker movement last off-season, he said.
“In my off-season, I throw into a tire as a target,” he explained. “I know when I throw a two-seamer and I hit the inside part of the tire — imagining there’s a left-handed hitter — it’s instant feedback that I know I threw a strike.”
Using a visible strike zone is nothing new; the Hall of Fame executive Branch Rickey created one out of strings for Rex Barney, a wild, hard-throwing right-hander with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the late 1940s. Alvarado used another time-honored remedy for improvement by toying with new grips on his own.
He taught himself a trick to achieve the most devastating action, he said: holding the ball where the seams narrow — on either side of the commissioner’s signature, that is — Alvarado places his index and middle fingers all the way to the right side of the seam closest to his body. This leaves almost all of the baseball exposed on the left side, and Alvarado releases it like an ordinary fastball — which it is, until that final, outrageous movement.
“With an 0-2 count or a 1-2 count, I play around with it in my glove and I go to throw it,” Alvarado said. “And good luck.”
As for that Vazquez trade, the Rays — as they tend to do — eventually made the best of it. After Karns pitched well in 2015, the Rays traded him to Seattle for a package that included infielder Brad Miller. Last summer the Rays traded Miller to Milwaukee for Ji-Man Choi — a spare part for the Brewers who is now the Rays’ starting first baseman.B:
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【虽】【然】【他】【说】【的】【很】【轻】，【但】【是】【顾】【念】【念】【还】【是】【听】【见】【了】，【心】【里】【彻】【底】【的】【放】【松】【下】【来】【了】，【在】【他】【的】【病】【床】【边】【坐】【下】【了】。 【还】【是】【像】【昨】【天】【一】【样】【陪】【着】【他】，【墨】【霄】【云】【问】【了】【很】【多】【他】【们】【以】【前】【的】【事】，【顾】【念】【念】【很】【有】【耐】【心】【的】【又】【说】【了】【一】【遍】。 【几】【天】【后】【墨】【霄】【云】【的】【情】【况】【基】【本】【上】【已】【经】【稳】【定】【了】，【制】【造】【好】【好】【养】【着】【就】【会】【没】【事】【了】，【甜】【甜】【已】【经】【能】【下】【床】【了】。 【宁】【恋】【沫】【和】【江】【霆】【辰】【耽】【误】【的】【时】【间】【已】
【直】【升】【飞】【机】【离】【开】【之】【后】，【夜】【幕】【缓】【缓】【降】【临】，【四】【周】【逐】【渐】【失】【去】【阳】【光】【所】【有】【房】【屋】【当】【中】【各】【自】【亮】【起】【了】【照】【明】【灯】。 【但】【是】【那】【位】【小】【姑】【娘】【再】【次】【小】【跑】【到】【我】【们】【身】【边】【严】【肃】【说】【道】：“【各】【位】【晚】【餐】【已】【经】【准】【备】【好】，【是】【时】【候】【吃】【饭】【了】！” 【站】【在】【我】【们】【身】【边】【的】【女】【王】【面】【带】【微】【笑】【再】【次】【做】【出】【了】【邀】【请】，【婷】【姐】【没】【好】【气】【说】【道】：“【那】【好】【吧】，【吃】【完】【饭】【准】【备】【修】【复】***！” 【于】【是】【我】【们】【再】【次】
【杨】【若】【良】【走】【了】【过】【去】，【而】【这】【就】【快】【要】【走】【到】【赵】【敏】【面】【前】【时】，【突】【然】【脚】【下】【一】【空】，【这】【是】【一】【个】【陷】【阱】。 【不】【过】【杨】【若】【良】【早】【就】【清】【楚】，【而】【他】【不】【觉】【得】【这】【个】【世】【界】【上】【能】【有】【关】【的】【住】【自】【己】【的】【陷】【阱】。 【当】【然】【了】，【也】【是】【为】【了】【小】【小】【的】【教】【训】【一】【下】【赵】【敏】。 【就】【在】【赵】【敏】【以】【为】【自】【己】【的】【计】【划】【成】【功】【之】【时】，【突】【然】【一】【只】【手】【伸】【出】【直】【接】【抓】【住】【了】【赵】【敏】【的】【手】【臂】，【随】【后】【就】【这】【样】【将】【赵】【敏】【给】【拉】【下】【去】【了】0K6602小鱼儿玄机【老】【书】【被】【举】【报】【了】，【涉】【嫌】【校】【园】【暴】【力】【和】【黑】，【封】【了】。【编】【辑】【说】【大】【改】【大】【改】【还】【有】【机】【会】，【但】【我】【改】【一】【个】【字】【就】【流】【一】【滴】【眼】【泪】，【真】【没】【力】【气】【了】。 【一】【本】【原】【本】【就】【让】【我】【心】【痛】【遗】【憾】【的】【老】【书】，【就】【这】【么】【见】【不】【得】【好】【是】【不】【是】？【骂】【人】【的】【话】【我】【就】【不】【说】【了】，【懒】【得】【说】，【反】【正】【估】【计】【举】【报】【的】【人】【也】【看】【不】【见】，【说】【了】【没】【准】【他】【还】【高】【兴】【呢】，【对】【吧】。 【最】【近】【家】【里】【也】【乱】【的】【我】【分】【身】【乏】【术】，【感】【觉】【快】【闹】
【回】【到】【营】【寨】，【已】【经】【是】【黄】【昏】【了】。 【吕】【布】【等】【人】【早】【就】【率】【人】【在】【外】【相】【迎】。 【将】【军】！ 【看】【到】【李】【坏】【来】【了】，【吕】【布】【大】【踏】【步】【来】【到】【了】【他】【的】【面】【前】，【愧】【疚】【道】：“【听】【闻】【将】【军】【山】【中】【遇】【袭】。【吕】【布】【心】【如】【刀】【割】，【无】【奈】【守】【营】【重】【任】【在】【身】，【不】【敢】【妄】【动】。【好】【在】【将】【军】【福】【大】【命】【大】，【没】【有】【什】【么】【损】【失】。【否】【则】【吕】【布】【罪】【孽】【大】【了】。” 【这】【厮】【装】【模】【作】【样】。 【呵】【呵】！ 【看】【到】【吕】【布】【的】【嘴】
“【虞】【菲】，【这】【件】【怎】【么】【样】──”【尹】【析】【云】【提】【着】【一】【件】【黑】【色】【长】【裙】【在】【镜】【子】【前】【比】【了】【比】。【转】【头】【看】【向】【身】【后】【沙】【发】【上】【的】【虞】【菲】。 【零】【市】【最】【高】【端】【的】【百】【货】【商】【城】，【里】【面】【物】【饰】【应】【有】【尽】【有】。 【虞】【菲】【从】【杂】【志】【中】【抬】【起】【头】【来】，【看】【了】【眼】【尹】【析】【云】【手】【里】【提】【着】【的】【衣】【服】，【微】【蹙】【了】【下】【眉】：“【颜】【色】【不】【好】【看】，【太】【黑】【了】。” 【尹】【析】【云】【又】【将】【衣】【服】【放】【到】【身】【前】【比】【了】【比】，【也】【感】【觉】【太】【黑】【了】【点】，【便】我认为念完上文，您应当会了解"0K6602小鱼儿玄机"了吧？早已在上述文章为大伙儿作出了解读，坚信诸位看了以后应该可以弄懂呀