I asked Kyle about his experience in the roughly 25 minutes he spent warming up with and catching Pedro...
You can't beat it. I mean, he's a future Hall of Famer, in my words. But, his stuff's just as dirty as it looks on TV and he's just as good as he looks on TV, if not- better. He's got the experience as a big leaguer and he can teach us.
Did you learn anything today?
Yeah, I learned that it takes some skill to pitch up there and he's got it.
Does this have potential to be a highlight for your career?
Yes. This is once in a lifetime...just catching Pedro Martinez. Not too many catchers get to say that.
I just watched and counted his pitches. It was just fun to watch. When you get older players, that have done it as long as he has, it's almost like riding a bike for them. It's so easy to watch. If you noticed, he never even bounced the balls. His delivery's good. It's fun to watch.
That's the big thing he was trying to do, work out of the stretch a little bit more. He needed work on it. He knows what he needs. He doesn't need a pitching coach to tell him what he needs. He's his own best pitching coach.
I really wasn't watching his velocity as much. I was watching his movement, I was watching what he was doing. He asked me if he was drifting...obviously he wasn't- he was pretty smooth. He wasn't trying to overthrow. He was just trying to stay within himself.
Not really, 'cause I pretty much know everything. (Laughs) I think the best thing is, we had our pitchers out here throwing and they were watching him, and watching how he was working. They learn, they see what he's doing, and see that he was working more on non-strikes more than strikes. And they noticed that, and I think that's the hardest thing to teach kids at this level, is being able to throw non-strikes. And as they get better command, they're gonna have to learn how to throw non-strikes so they can throw strikes to get hitters out.
Pedro Martinez catching up with Hickory Crawdads manager and former teammate Hector Ortiz
Jason Knapp, who was traded as part of the package to Cleveland that got Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco in return, has been assigned to the A level Lake County Captains. Knapp and the Captains will visit Lakewood this Tuesday for a 5 game series.
Knapp being dealt last week marked just the third time active BlueClaws were traded. The other two times were Andrew Barb in the 2006 Jamie Moyer deal and Javon Moran & Joe Wilson in the 2004 Cory Lidle deal.
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