I was quite impressed by the outing of Dario Agrazal for Bradenton last night. He had his start skipped last week due to an off-day on the schedule, combined with a start from Nick Kingham, which changed the Bradenton rotation for a week. Agrazal still pitched one his scheduled day, he just ended up throwing a very quick 1-2-3 inning in relief. He made this last start five days later, so he remained on schedule. It was still a skipped start though and we have seen results all over the map when that happens.
The most impressive part was that Agrazal struck out eight batters on Thursday, which set a new career high for him. In his previous start, he struck out seven batters, which tied his career best, accomplished twice previously. The big knock on Agrazal is that he doesn't miss enough...
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