Seattle Mariners prospect Carter Capps is already impressing coaches in spring training with his 100 mph fastball. Does the reliever have what it takes to win a spot on the 25-man roster for the 2013 MLB season?
The 22-year old made his big league debut on August 3, 2012 against the New York Yankees, in which he recorded his first career out against the legendary Derek Jeter. He finished last season with a 3.96 earned run average, 28 strikeouts, 11 walks and two holds in 25 innings.
Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis informed all pitchers at the start of camp to “pace yourself” in order to not get overworked before the fun even begins. It is a long season and the purpose of spring training is to build up the strength of one’s arm. Even though Capps understands the importance of not overdoing it, there is no way it is going to stop him from throwing as hard as he can.
“For me, I’m just trying to make the team,” Capps said. “As far as I’m concerned, I’m going out there every day trying to win a job. I don’t pace myself at all. As far as you can, I’m ready to go. I want to win. That’s what I’m trying to do right now. Even in the spring, I want to win every race. I don’t take anything off.”
Capps is not sure if he will be on the 25-man roster when camp breaks before the start of the regular season, but the fact that the coaches already like what they see certainly bodes well for the right-hander. Even though it is early and there is still plenty of spring training left, I believe it is safe to say Capps will be given a late-game relief role. I also believe his performance will greatly benefit Seattle this season as they compete in the American League West.