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Video: Yunesky Maya in the World Baseball Classic

Here's the Nationals' new Cuban pitcher throwing against Japan in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Tip of the cap to Capitol Punishment.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 21, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
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Man this guy made Ichiro look silly ... looks like he can bring some heat greater than 92 inside when he needs to? Looks like a flame thrower?

Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

MUI Fuoco!? That's what they kept saying ... wow! Very compact, close-to-body pitching motion. If he pitches like that in Viera he is the #2 starter going into September.

Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

If he's healthy, this looks like it could be a game changer for the organization. I was thinking last night if the name Luis Atilano would, in a few years, sound as sad and low-budget to me Pedro Astacio or Mike O'Connor.

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | July 21, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang-on a different topic, FJB has a clip up of RZims "error" where Adam didn't scoop the ball. While I think AD's been pretty OK defense wise, and while no doubt the wet field played a part...I just came upon a clip (since this is a "clip" post from AK) from Alexi Ramirez of the Chisox last night.Great fielding play-similar to RZims'-but Konerko gets the scoop.

Nick used to be real good at that.Maybe we could send Guzzie straight up for Alexi!
Also....still haven't seen any confirmation on the Maya signing from any of the national websites. Peri, what's the this a possible "false alarm"?
And StanK-on the radio-sez we're chock FULL of great arms, Gang!
Go Nats!!!

Posted by: zendo | July 21, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

This is unrelated, but does anyone have advice on bars/restaurants that show Nationals games in DC or Silver Spring?

Posted by: cassander | July 21, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang-Yea, Cass-The Pug at 1234 H st ne. Actually a dive-but in the best sense (well, the best sense is I happen to one of the owners!). But plenty of cool stuff happening on the street-Like Star and Shamrock (Irish/Jewish bar and deli),The Beer Garden (unbelievable outdoor patio), The Country Club (indoor miniature golf course) plus a whole bunch of other stuff. Funky neighborhood-park SOUTH of H street (crime), also the street is torn up due to Trolley line construction Did I mention The Pug?
Go Nats!!!

Posted by: zendo | July 21, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang-happen to BE one of the owners...
Go Nats!!!

Posted by: zendo | July 21, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Maya has a nice pick-off move, as well. I hadn't remembered that Nyjer played for Japan in the WBC ...

Posted by: Bethesdangit1 | July 21, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse


AK and MZ have pretty much verified the rumor. The signing won't actually take place until after the physical in Viera. If that is positive then he goes out to get stretched out in Viera. If he looks good enough there (guess he's been pitching in the DR) then he either gets 1 or 2 minor league starts or goes directly to the Nats rotation.

I have to say watching his pitching motion ... he actually looks better than Strasburg mechanically. He's not wild like Chapman. He'll have El Duque and Livan to help show him the ropes.

Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

@Zendo, which Lerner are you? The Prisoner of Potomac?

Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Pretty good looking curve!

Posted by: rnkorby | July 21, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff, I mean Strasburgs motion on his fast balls and other pitchers is crazy. But that guy has good stuff.

Posted by: alex35332 | July 21, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

How did this guy happen to be on the market now? Did he just swim over from Cuba? Does he have an agent yet?

Dunn is an atrocious first baseman. Can we sign that Cuban first baseman in the video?

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | July 21, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Oooh, nice pickoff...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 21, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

>Man this guy made Ichiro look silly ... looks like he can bring some heat greater than 92 inside when he needs to? Looks like a flame thrower?

Posted by: periculum

I couldn't figure out whether or not he was a flamethrower either. Definitely got plenty of hop on his fastball. More than enough. Looks like a 4-seamer that might rise a little bit up in the zone, like when he sawed that hitter off on the ground ball to SS. Telegraphs his 12 to 6 curveball though. You can always work on that. Change his arm angle, loosen his grip so he gets more bend on it. I wonder how many miles he's got on him. Hope he doesn't snap like a rubber band after 2,000 innings. Maybe he'll be a horse like Contreras. You know he's gotta be older than 27, because that's their biggest asset - nobody really knows when they were born in Cuba. Looks like a good move. Also looks like lipstick on a pig.

Posted by: Brue | July 21, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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