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Behind the Backstop: Back On Track

Tory Hernandez

Tory Hernandez

Tory's experience in the baseball industry includes a four-year stint as the Manager of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, where his responsibilities were comprised of contract negotiation, advance scouting, and the development and implementation of the organization's statistical research methods and use of analytics. Most recently, Tory served as the Director of Pro Scouting & Recruiting for Boras Corporation.

The Arizona Fall League is still in full swing and after writing up a few hitters and their performances last week, let's turn to the bump and focus on some pitchers. I was in Arizona to see a few fall league games this past weekend and here is what I saw on the rubber.

Washington Nationals lefty Matt Purke is throwing the ball well and despite a couple of rough outings his last two times out, he is having a very encouraging fall. The 6-foot-4 southpaw out of TCU received a major league contract with a $2,750,000 signing bonus after being drafted by the Nats in the third round of the 2011 draft. Purke was a well-known arm coming out of TCU after turning down a lot of money from the Rangers, who drafted him in the first round in 2009. He has battled arm injuries throughout his career and his stuff is not what it was back in college, when he touched the upper 90's with his fastball.

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