Melvin praises new D-backs pitchers
Garland, Schoeneweis look impressive in bullpen sessions
TUCSON -- Bob Melvin got his first look at new acquisitions Jon Garland and Scott Schoeneweis on Monday and the D-backs manager was impressed with what he saw.
The pair were among the pitchers that threw bullpen sessions at the Kino Sports Complex.
Garland, who was signed as a free agent after spending last year with the Angels, has a very simple and smooth delivery.
"It looks like his mechanics are pretty flawless and he keeps the ball down and throws the ball where he wants to," Melvin said. "You could see what all the excitement is about. He looks like a polished guy and you look at some of the numbers, he holds runners very well, looks like a smart guy out there on the mound. He has an awareness of what's going out more than just the pitching end. You like to see those kind of intangibles, especially in the National League."
Melvin also learned a little something about the right-hander's intensity.
"Really focused guy. You try to talk to him a little bit and it didn't seem like he wanted a whole lot of that when he was doing his work," Melvin said with a smile.
Schoeneweis, whom the D-backs acquired in a trade with the Mets, will be used exclusively against left-handers this year. He is able to get his fastball in on lefties, which keeps them off his breaking ball on the outside corner.
"I didn't realize Schoeneweis' ball gets on you so [quick]," Melvin said. "The ball plays better than the velocity. He short-arms it and it just seems like the last few feet the ball gets on you a little bit."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.