By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
April 8, 2011
Jack Armstrong is a guy I have always liked. Big frame, arm speed, flashes a hard breaking ball and now and then a put-away change-up. A tall body who has battled his mechanics from time to time, Armstrong does something intangible I have always liked. He’s never been a guy to draw attention to himself. Obviously his old man pitched in the big leagues, and obviously, the kid throws hard. But more than once, I’ve caught this guy running poles or lifting or riding the bike at 4 pm in Wareham when nobody is watching. I like talented players who don’t feel the need to seek the limelight, so long as they compete between the lines. For these reasons, I think Armstrong is going to be a guy with the ability to routinely haul 200 innings and win you close to 15 games or so year in and year out. If that’s not a first-round right-hander, beats me what the heck is.