“I don’t believe what I just saw” is a call made famous by Jack Buck in the 1988 World Series of Kurt Gibson’s dramatic home run.
I had the same feeling last night after watching pitcher Kyle Glogoski make his Lakewood BlueClaws debut after watching his pitching at the Carpenter Complex, in extended spring training games and in the Fall Instructional League (all of them in Florida) since signing in January of last year. The only exception was the 19.2 innings he pitched back in late November and early December in the Australian Baseball League.
Glogoski faced nine batters in 2.1 innings striking out swinging six of them. The only batters to reach were on an infield pop out, an error and a walk. He was taken out after facing two batters in the ninth who walked and struck out. He threw 44 pitches, 29 for strikes. His walk in the ninth eventually came around to score on an error for an unearned run in Lakewood’s 2-1 loss.
Kyle was dazzling with a fastball, curveball and change-up combination that dominated the hitters of the West Virginia Power. One of the BlueClaws broadcasters, Tony Graham, said he was told Glogoski’s fastball was topped at 91 mph. When Kyle pitched in the ABL during one of the telecast, I recall, they said his fastball was 92-94 mph.
It was his change-up and big 12-6 curve balls that were keys to set up his heat. He struck out the side in turn swinging in his first inning of work. His strike”threes” swinging in the seventh inning were on a change up, then a fast ball and finally his curve ball. Kyle is well on the way to have three major league ready pitches.
He reminded me of the Phillies Jerad Eickhoff with his big 12-6 curve ball. We watched on MLB.TV, Eickhoff pitch seven innings of shutout ball against the Marlins last Friday night.
I have no doubt that some day the 20-year-old Glogoski will be the first player from New Zealand to appear in a major league game.
If you have access to MiLB.TV and did not the see Glogoski pitch last night, I highly recommend going to the replay of the seventh, eight and two batters in the ninth of the game when Kyle was on the mound. It is a game you and I will never forget.