Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Kazmir Bright Light in Tampa

Scott Kazmir, of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, continues to shine. He currently shares the top spot for most wins with the likes of Mike Mussina, Tom Glavine and Curt Schilling. He's tied for 9th with a 2.73 ERA. He's averaging a strikeout an inning. Last night he pitched a beautiful 7 innings allowing only 1 run and striking out 8. Though you would never know from the score becuase the Rays' bullpen nearly gave up the win. Kazmir is only 22 years old. He was drafted by the Mets but traded with Jose Diaz for Victor Zambrano and Barolome Fortunato. He's currently earning a little over $300 K on a one-year contract with the Rays. If he continues to dominate the Rays may have some trouble holding on to him. For young Kazmir playing for the Rays this season is actually perfect. In another contending team he may still be considered a prospect, but in Tampa he's their ace. He's got a better record than Randy Johnson and Johan Santana, more strikeouts than Curt Schilling and Tom Glavine. He sports a better ERA than Pedro Martinez and . He has allowed less walks than Barry Zito and Matt Clement. His fastballs are clocked at the mid-90s. He also throws a pretty good changeup and a great slider. He shows great confidence and not even just for a young pitcher. In 12 2/3 innings against the Red Sox he allowed 2 runs and struck out 17. Kazmir is definitely a player to keep an eye on this season and in the offseason to see where he goes or if he stays.

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