Daisuke Matsuzaka threw live batting practice today, and by all accounts looked good.
None other than Jacoby Ellsbury — who is being described as three parts Mantle, two parts DiMaggio (both brothers) and one part Lynn — called Matsuzaka’s performance "impressive." Impressive.
Matsuzaka got seven swings and misses, most coming on his fastball (the hitters are traditionally behind in these first rounds). Twenty-two of his pitches were fastballs, 20 breaking balls, and two pitch-outs. Jason Varitek was the catcher.
Seven swings and misses. Not only that, but Schilling and Beckett also threw BP today, and "few balls were hit hard off either." I’ve heard that Matsuzaka also remembers the names of each hitter he faced today. Amazing!
Imagine. Three future Hall of Famers in the same rotation. It’s almost too much to handle.