Saturday, September 18, 2010

RANGERS, GIANTS EYEING LIGA ROOKIE OF YEAR VELAZQUEZ

The 2010 Mexican League Rookie of the Year is on the radar of two major league organizations. Hector Velazquez threw 25 pitches for scouts from the Texas Rangers on September 14 while attending training camp for the Obregon Yaquis, for whom Velazquez is slated to pitch this winter. The San Francisco Giants are also said to be interested in the 22-year-old right-hander from Sonora.

Velazquez began the Liga season in March as a reliever for the Campeche Piratas, but joined the starting rotation as the season progressed. He finished with a 6-4 record and came in second to Chihuahua’s Mac Suzuki with a 2.89 ERA and losing just two of his last nine starts.

After his workout for the Rangers, Velazquez said, “I felt well…during the session I worked straight, speed to change to slider to curve.” He added, “What follows is to give the maximum this winter and see if there is an invitation to a major league camp next year.”