Less than a year after making his return from Tommy John surgery, right-hander Derek Law has worked his way up from Double-A Richmond to the major leagues. According to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area, who broke the news just before midnight, it will be Law replacing Sergio Romo in the Giants' bullpen as the team heads to Los Angeles for already their second series of the year with the Dodgers.
Right-hander Derek Law will take Romo's spot on roster. His first appearance will be his MLB debut.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) April 15, 2016
Law's road back from elbow reconstruction was just over a year in length, as he pitched in his last game June 8, 2014 and returned to the mound June 21 last season. Since then, he's struck out 34 batters in 28.2 innings using a mid-90s fastball and a straight-down curveball, all from an almost over the top motion. His fastball can have some sinking action to it, and he throws a slider on occasion, as well.
The kicker for Law is his deception. He slowly turns his back almost completely to hitters before speeding up his delivery and exploding forward. That, combined with his above-average stuff, makes Law an uncomfortable at-bat.
The Pittsburgh native has bloodlines in professional baseball, with his father Joe Law pitching in the Oakland Athletics organization for eight seasons. Joe was even called up to the big-league club in July of 1988 to sub in for a sick Dave Stewart, though Stewart recovered quickly and made his scheduled start anyway. He threw a complete game, and Joe was sent back to the Tacoma Tigers (AAA for Oakland from 1981-1994) the very next day.
Still, Joe pitched 981.2 career minor league innings, making 146 starts and compiled an ERA of 3.92.
Derek could inch just past his father with a major league appearance this weekend at Dodger Stadium, and could stick around for while, too. The fastball/curveball combination is truly a potent duo, aiding him in striking out 11.5 batters per nine innings since being drafted in the ninth round of 2011.
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