April 6, 2011

Inside look at Dogs' starters

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Alex Wilson is projected to be a reliever with the Red Sox, but he ll get experience as a starter with the Sea Dogs. He's scheduled to start the opener Thursday at Hadlock Field.

2010 Press Herald file


WHO: Sea Dogs (Alex Wilson) vs. Reading Phillies (Josh Zeid)

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Hadlock Field

Brock Huntzinger, 22, shows good control, with 67 walks in 260 innings the past two seasons. He is 6-foot-3, 200 pounds.

"A guy that on any given night can really showcase pretty impressive command of the fastball on both sides of the plate," Kipper said. "His fastball is clearly his best pitch. Fairly good feel for a change-up and an improving slider."

Huntzinger was a 2007 third-round draft pick out of Pendleton Heights High School in Indiana. He was 7-8 for Salem last year with a 4.14 ERA.

Mike Lee, 24, gets attention immediately as a 6-foot-7, 220 pounder. He had 93 strikeouts in 112 innings in Salem last year.

"When he puts his delivery together, he really angles the ball well," Kipper said. "He's got a steep angle to the strike zone. He has three pitches: a fastball -- both four-seam and two-seam -- a slider and a change-up.

"He's a very interesting young man because he's got a body you can't teach. You can't teach legs and arms. When he puts it all together, he's pretty impressive."

Lee was an eighth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma City University in 2008. He recorded a 9-7 record and 4.42 ERA in Salem last year.

Kipper believes this rotation can be successful. He knows there will be failures, and that's where his job comes in.

"We learn from those bumps in the road," he said.

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at: kthomas@pressherald.com


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