Former Dodgers’ prospect Alex Verdugo is having a strange first couple of weeks with Boston. What started out with some internet hate since he has not been able to play has turned into something else entirely. As it turns out, Alex Verdugo would love to get back to pitching one day.
Alex Verdugo career high school pitching stats: 2.19 ERA, 401 Ks, 15 complete games, 246 IP??? pic.twitter.com/pJNoaQTZYm
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There are several well-known players that have had success at the major league level as a two-way player (*cough cough* Russell Martin). While it’s not totally unheard of, it does seem strange to hear from someone as offensively gifted as Verdugo. Players like Shohei Ohtani and Michael Lorenzen are two guys who have certainly had success.
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But generally speaking, offensive players often try to pitch as a way to get back to the major leagues. More often than not, it happens when a players’ value as a hitter is in decline. So far in decline that they use it as a last-ditch effort to make it back. But for Alex Verdugo, it just sounds fun.
I would be like a little kid again. Just…