Didn't we owe the Giants a player for Heston? Did anyone notice who went the other way?
Ariel Miranda has been promoted to #6 starter, meaning that he'll probably stay leaned up against a Cheney fence pole in wait of a pulled calf muscle from on of the big 5. Possibly Yorvanni Gallardo.
This gives Chris Heston both the (1) noniminal emergency starter role, according to m's.com, and (2) the scheduled start in our first TV game on Sunday. Heston is a 4-pitch major league starter who reminds Dr. D a bit of Brian Holman, and the velocities have read thusly:
2014 - 90 MPH - didn't pitch much
2015 - 89 MPH - 12-11, 3.95 with 141 strikeouts and 61 UIBB in 178 innings, plus a no-hitter
2016 - 87 MPH - 5 innings pitched, oblique injury
'nother thing that reminds you of Brian Holman -- of whom Dr. D was a fan -- was the very tall, arm-heavy delivery. In theory this should cost a bit of velocity but gain a bit of reptitition and comment. But Holman, at his best, could pitch just like Heston does -- spotted fastball here, overhand curve there, stinging little slider the next, changeup when he wanted one. It's deja vu all over again.
HERE is a December SSI on Heston, with some video. When he's right he's got four quite disctinct pitches, a la Holman, Lackey, Porcello, and those other kitchen-sink guys. Good pitcher's rhtyhm. With all of the super high risk, super high upside guys we tend to deal with, it's a quaint change of pace just to watch a Holman type in there for one.