Great Britton

Zach Britton

Zach Britton made his major league debut yesterday amid plenty of fanfare in Baltimore. Britton began 2011 as the Orioles’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.

Britton lived up to the hype, at least for one day, as he held the Rays to just one run on three hits and three walks. Zach struck out six Rays in his six innings of work.

Britton’s much touted sinker was working well. Right-handers were swinging and missing as the pitch disappeared off the outside corner.

Zach mixed in plenty of sliders but seemed to have more success with the changeup he introduced to Ben Zobrist in the third inning. The changeup became a weapon over his last three frames, and Britton finished his outing by striking out Kelly Shoppach on three straight pitches, all changeups.

About C. Sven Jenkins
My name is Sven Jenkins, and I’m an independent baseball analyst from Poughkeepsie, NY. I own and do freelance work for STATS Inc. In the past, I've done research for the St. Louis Cardinals and worked one season with Baseball Info Solutions in 2007. I have also spent many nights as an official scorer in the minor leagues and played NCAA D-III baseball at SUNY New Paltz. In the off-season I travel the world, having enjoyed over 1,200 days on the road through 41 different countries. You can email me at: jenkins AT 60ft6in DOT com.

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