This is wonderful, and dangerous. I was slated to take Olsen in the second round of my Minor League draft. Now I can grab him before anyone else. Hopefully, no one else catches on, because my waiver priority is really low.
To be honest it was a so-so outing for Olsen IMO. He has a real nice slider that had a lot of hitters swinging and missing (lots that more disciplined hitters would of laid off). But everything I saw on his FB seemed slow or just avg., the highest I saw was 88-91. I was under the impression he more or less sat low 90's and could hit 94 or so.
With that in mind I wonder what a real team would do if they had some discipline, cause his stuff doesn't seem as good as advertised. If they lay off the slider in the dirt and wait on his FB, I can see him getting easily hammered. Also the Rays barely ever worked the count, though it was a good start ... he has a while to go still.
Real Deal wrote:well, his stats looked pretty damn good today vs. the cubbies. 6 innings, 4 hit, 1 er, 3bb, and 4 k's.
Yep he has been pitching well, though I have only seen him pitch against the Rays and those were my thoughts. He possibly could of improved, but I think most of his success is coming from him not being seen before and having good stuff for a lefty.
With Al Leiter's stellar performances, I have to imagine we'll be seeing Olsen around for quite a while. Good for the Marlins to have a nice up and coming lefty right when it looks like Leiter may be finished.