From the Hamilton Journal:
Mario Soto is in camp and is observing the pitchers.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know any pitcher on this team and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know anything about any of them,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Soto.
His power of observation, though, is astute. After one day, he was talking about Homer Bailey and Todd Coffey.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I can tell quickly just by watching,Ã¢â‚¬Â Soto said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was most impressed with Bailey. He looks really good to me.Ã¢â‚¬Â
When told Bailey was the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top pitching prospect and a No. 1 draft pick in 2004, Soto said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know that. I just know I really liked what I saw.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to tell them he should be the closer,Ã¢â‚¬Â Soto said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Right now they are trying to teach him too many pitches. He doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need them. He throws hard, he throws strikes and he seems to have the makeup to be a closer.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I thought they were interesting comments. I generally treat comments by ex-players with a grain of salt, but liked what he said about Coffey and his comments about Bailey gave me more hope that he’s the “real deal”.