Right-handed pitcher Alexander Vizcaino is working his way back from an injury that landed him on the 60-day disabled list for the Charleston RiverDogs. The 20-year old made a start in Extended Spring Training on May 12, 2018, and impressed. He threw 1 2/3 innings, allowed one hit, and two strikeouts.
Alexander Vizcaino has a tall, lanky frame. Mechanically, he is pretty clean, stays in line with home plate and throws from a 3/4 arm slot. He does pitch with some effort and has a loose, fast arm. Vizcaino threw three pitches, all for strikes, in limited action. The fastball sat 93-95 miles per hour with some life. His slider was at 87MPH with tilt, while his change-up was 86 MPH with fade.
Vizcaino started the game off with a strikeout looking on his slider. He retired the next two hitters via flyout to right field and weak ground ball to SS. He started the 2nd inning off with a strikeout swinging on an elevated 94 mph four-seam fastball. The only hit Vizcaino allowed was on a high change-up left over the plate to a left-handed hitter that was driven to left-center field for a double. Vizcaino rebounded, getting a weak fly ball to center field, to end his start.
There was a lot to like today from the young righty. While his command leaves a lot to be desired, he was able to throw all three pitches effectively. The arm speed and deception looked good on his change-up. Vizcaino will continue to pitch in extended spring training, building up arm strength and endurance.