San Francisco Giants No. 13 prospect, right-hander Martin Agosta, kicked off his rehabilitation assignment Friday night in Arizona pitching two innings for the club's rookie team.
Agosta, a native of Sacramento, Calif. who hadn't pitched in a game since May 19, was placed on the disabled list a day later, but not for the typical reasons.
"It was never an actual physical injury," Agosta said. "My command hasn't been where it should be or where it has been in the past so I was put on the DL to work on it to the point where I was consistent with my delivery."
Agosta pitched phenomenally with the Augusta GreenJackets a season ago, surrendering an average of 5.6 hits per nine innings over a 91.2 inning span. But his first few months with the San Jose Giants to begin the 2014 campaign produced his worst string of starts since being drafted in the second round by San Francisco in 2012 out of St. Mary's College.
Just seven starts in, Agosta had already allowed 35 hits in 21.1 innings, including a final outing before hitting the disabled list where seven hits and five runs were on the board before the end of the second frame.
The 10.55 ERA and 2.438 WHIP concerned coaches, and Agosta was sent to the Giants facilities in Scottsdale, Ariz. to begin working on the kinks.
"I don't believe my delivery was changed but more modified to fit how I threw," Agosta said when asked about changes made during rehab. "I pretty much took a step back, looked at what was going on, and got back to how I should be throwing."
Agosta received his first chance to get back to that on Friday night as he made a Fourth of July start for the AZL Giants, going two innings and allowing two runs on three hits and one walk. No pessimism from Agosta, however, despite giving up the two runs.
"Honestly it was the best I've felt in a long time," he said. "Fastball command was great. I made a few mistakes that I know I shouldn't be making so I learn from that.
"Overall, I was beyond pleased with how I pitched despite a couple of runs. It was a little different stepping back in a game atmosphere again."
No plan is set into place yet in regards to when Agosta will return to the San Jose rotation, but one thing is clear: he's eager to help his team again.
"I just want to get back to San Jose as soon as possible," he said. "I want to prove I can pitch there and redeem myself."