Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez needed just 26 pitches to get through two innings yesterday in Clearwater.
“A shocker,” Velasquez said during an 8-7 victory over the Orioles.
Velasquez is fighting for a job in the Phils’ rotation for the first time since he joined the organization following a trade with Houston in December 2015.
If he expects to beat Nick Pivetta, Ranger Suarez and others for the No. 5 job, he will need to be less predictable with his game plan, command more pitches down in the zone and work more efficiently.
Velasquez averaged 17.3 pitches per inning from 2016-19,