Tuesday, March 30, 2004

The Angels have signed 35-year old Japanese lefthanded reliever Yoshitaka Mizuo, who will start the season at Salt Lake. The braintrust says he'll get a shot as the lefty specialist in the Show if he impresses in the PCL.

Mizuo had a neck injury last season, which limited him to two games, and he has a 3.42 career ERA in 269 games. He has unexceptional strikeout to walk ratio (176:100 in 252 1/3 IP). The Times reports that he has an 87-mph fastball and that he "is said to have good movement on, and command of, five other pitches, a curve, slider, sinker, changeup and a "shuto," an off-speed pitch that fades down and away from right-handed hitters." Sounds like Tom Glavine with a fastball.

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