Hickey has one of those fun articles on Felix that bring a smile to your face.
Yesterday, Hernandez faced hitters for the first time this spring. Outfield prospect Wladimir Balentien and 2003 No. 1 draft pick Adam Jones stepped in against Hernandez and tried to hold their own.
It wasn’t easy. Jones had his bat broken, not by a fastball but by what the shortstop called “a real heavy changeup.”
I remember in 2001, when a kid reported to St. Louis Cardinals camp fresh off a year dominating the Midwest League. He had talent, no doubt, but was only 21 years old and, well, the Cards would have to be crazy to have him skip three levels and jump from low-A to the majors. But Tony LaRussa wouldn’t stop talking about him and finally decided that there’s no way he could send one of the best players in camp back to the minors. So Albert Pujols made the team out of spring training, and thats worked pretty well, I think.
I’ve stopped underestimating what the special ones might be capable of. Felix is a whole other level of special.