Thursday, June 25, 2009

Belisario Named One of 2009's Top Rookies

Jerry Crasnick's "Top 9" for the week looks at the most impactful rookies this year, and our very own Ronald Belisario sneaks in at the last spot in the lineup:

Ronald Belisario, Dodgers (2.14 ERA, 39 K's in 42 innings)

In previous stops with Florida and Pittsburgh, Belisario was tagged as a "great stuff, bad makeup" guy. But no one ever questioned his stuff. Belisario throws a fastball in the mid-90s, and he comes at hitters with a power sinker, slider and split.

Dodgers scout Ron Rizzi and assistant general manager De Jon Watson both pushed for Belisario after watching him pitch winter ball in Venezuela. Now Belisario is proving to be a workhorse for a Los Angeles bullpen that's logged the fifth-most innings in baseball.

"He is here as a result of excellent scouting," Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said in an e-mail. "He is also here because he takes the ball all the time and has a power arm, a feel for pitching and a passion for what he does."

Belisario underwent Tommy John surgery earlier in his career, so time will tell how he holds up now that Joe Torre is giving him the Paul Quantrill-Scott Proctor treatment in L.A.

No other NL West rookie made the top 9.


Fred's Brim said...

bad makeup?
what exactly does that mean? he melts down on the mound? or is a drunk who naps in the bullpen when he's hungover?

midnightdrive said...

He obviously still gets his makeup at Walmart.