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.