Joan Gregorio is very tall. That's practically all I knew about him until Saturday night, when I watched him throw four shutout innings and strike out five Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
He featured three pitches (maybe four, but I only noticed three), including a 90-92 mph fastball that touched 94, an 80-82 mph changeup, and a slurvy 82-84 mph slider that was quite effective in forcing swing-and-misses.
His height and length aid in making him more deceptive, and I see that as his upside. He turned 22 in January, and some have mentioned he has trouble repeating his delivery. If so, I didn't notice it because my eye for that sort of thing is not up to par.
San Jose lost the game 1-0 in the 9th inning, with the loss going to Stephen Johnson after allowing a sacrifice fly in the final frame. Chris Lofton provided two of the team's seven hits, including a triple. Mac Williamson has just one hit in nine at-bats, though he has drawn three walks.
The final game of the series will be an afternoon game on Sunday, with Pat Young on the mound for San Jose.