cocky. So am I. You have to be cocky to be good.”
never going to be a touch and feel guy. He will challenge hitters with
loving life in Boston.”
very ambitious, very outgoing, confident in his abilities. Those are good
qualities in the big leagues.”
“He is special.
With him it’s so easy. The ball comes out of his hand so easily.
He has a real feel for pitching. He is intelligent and his mechanics are
"He's a competitor.
He has tons of confidence in his stuff and he's unique in the sense that
he has three legit pitches. Hard-throwing right-handers don't throw too
many changeups to other right-handers. That's something special he has,
plus a nasty curveball.”
got a chance to be a premium pitcher for a long time.”
a kid who wants it badly and he’s in no way, shape or form trying
to big-league anybody. He wants to impress but not in a way that is immature.”
has one of the best young arms in the league. And he's going to get better
“He feels like he belongs here. There's no better compliment I can
give him than to say that about him."
''He's an old-schooler.
He's really caught everyone's attention … not only his stuff, but
what he does with it.”
"I've had a lot of young pitchers. Believe me, this guy here is,
I'd have to say, by far the most outstanding young man I've had as far
as mental toughness in the big leagues.”
“This guy has
the guts of a burglar.”
think he's a cocky kid. I think he's just a very confident young man that
goes out there and tries to do the best he can. One thing about him: He
may talk a lot, but he walks the walk as well."
got tremendous upside. I might have had to push him a little, but basically
he deserves all the credit. This guy is going to be something special."
making adjustments. The stuff is there. Now he’s got to just make
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