Amidst the turmoil surrounding the Binghamton Mets' starting rotation, right-hander Willie Collazo…
Collazo, Crafty & Confident
Willie Collazo has been nothing short of amazing so far this season. In 57.1 innings pitched, he has yielded a 2.35 ERA, 39 strikeouts, 7 BB, and has allowed only two home runs.
"The numbers pretty much speak for themselves," said pitching coach Mark Brewer. "This guy is a professional. He understands how to pitch and understands the tendencies of hitters. I really feel great about his pitching this season."
With much attention given to Alay Soler and Mike Pelfrey, Collazo has quietly put together a successful season. His record (3-3) could be misleading though.
"He can easily be 4-1; I don't think his record really shows how good he has pitched," said manager Juan Samuel. "He's been brilliant, he's giving us some innings, he's giving us a chance to win some games, he's been outstanding for us so far."
Labeled a "finesse pitcher," Collazo sports a fastball that has a consistent velocity of 88mph, a changeup that is between 82 and 84 mph and a wicked cutter that resembles the same speed.
"He has a fastball, curveball, cutter, and a changeup," said Brewer. "He also elevates and pitches in, which keeps the hitter off balance."
Collazo's success almost awarded him a no-hitter on April 30th. He carried the accomplishment into the eighth inning against Erie. The week before, Collazo allowed only four hits and two walks in Binghamton's 2-1 victory against Connecticut.
"I feel like my season is going great," said Collazo. "This is exactly what I was expecting."
Whether the organization expected this success is unclear. However, as the season continues and Collazo dominates, the Puerto Rican might see a trip to Norfolk in the near future.
"I'm doing whatever it takes right now, I just have to be patient and it's going to be there for me," said Collazo. "This is the most confident that I've ever been in my career."
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