Just back from Ty Blach's latest start for the Li'l Giants. Blach dominated the Lancaster Jethawks (Astros) today, going 7 innings, walking none, striking out 5 and allowing just two hits. The second hit was a dribbler back to the mound that went for a hit when Blach couldn't field it cleanly. Not much loud contact from any Jethawks hitters until maybe the 3rd time thru the order.
Blach is listed at 6'1" 200#, but the build isn't especially athletic. He's got a thick lower half that gives him good drive and should allow him to bear a big workload, but it's hard to say how the body will go. Maybe a shorter, left-handed Tyler Walker would be a not-terrible physical comp? Hard to say.
Blach's fastball touched 93 early and he worked 89-91 with good command. His changeup was a very effective tool against righties, and both breaking pitches, the slider and the curve, were inconsistent. He threw a couple of hooks that made me sit up and say "whoa," but then he'd hang one. The slider command was poor and he wasn't able to go to it consistently against lefties.
All in all, it was a very impressive outing for a guy who doesn't get much attention (outside of McC, maybe). His ERA is down to 2.70 for the season. If he can figure out the breaking stuff -- a big if, of course -- he has the potential to be a back-end starter. Even if those offerings end up below average, with his solid command, average fastball, and plus changeup, he could end up as a reliever or swingman.
Blach was relieved by Luis Rojas who came in throwing GAS -- FB touched 95 -- from the right side. He K'ed two and gave up one hit in 1IP. Another interesting arm to keep an eye on.