At the Park: Scouting Octavio Dotel

Sidelined since April 20th with elbow soreness, Tigers' reliever Octavio Dotel rehabbed with the Flying Tigers in Lakeland on Monday evening. Curious how the soon-to-be 40-year-old reliever fared? Lakeland Correspondent James Chipman brings you analysis, charting and video from Dotel's latest outing.

With two perfect innings already under his belt, Detroit Tigers' reliever Octavio Dotel had has rehab assignment transferred from the GCL to the FSL's Lakeland Flying Tigers on Monday evening.

Predominantly working with his fastball, Dotel worked efficiently needing just 13 pitches, striking out one, in a hitless, walk free, perfect inning of work against the Clearwater Threshers.

Dotel's fastball velocity sat between 88-90 mph, touching 93 mph once; that's down a tick but encouraging considering the lengthy layoff. What he lacked in velocity, Dotel more than made up for with movement on Monday evening. Dotel regularly manipulated the movement on his fastball, tormenting Threshers' batters. He pitched inside and moved the ball around well.

Here's Dotel's complete outing on video:

And here's Dotel's pitch chart:

Batter Pitch 1 Pitch 2 Pitch 3 Pitch 4 Pitch 5 Pitch 6
Batter 1 88 MPH – K called 88 MPH – K called 78 MPH – Foul 89 MPH – Foul 89 MPH – Foul 89 MPH – K swing
Batter 2 89 MPH – K called 88 MPH – Foul 90 MPH – Ball 89 MPH – F-8
Batter 3 90 MPH – K swinging 88 MPH – K called 93 MPH – 3-U

Overall, Dotel's outing was encouraging.

Dotel's next major hurdle of his rehab assignment will be pitching on consecutive days.

James Chipman is the Lakeland Correspondent for TigsTown. Be sure to follow him on twitter @JAYRC_TigsTown.

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