Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: AdamKilgoreWP and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Sports and Redskins  |  RSS

Why Joe Bisenius is worth watching

The most intriguing player to watch over the Nationals' final 20 games may be reliever Joe Bisenius. How often does a veteran minor leaguer who can throw 98 miles per hour fall into a team's bullpen? Bisenius came to the Nationals from the Phillies before this season.

He obviously possesses the physical ability to pitch in the major leagues. There also is obviously something missing -- team do not look for reasons to keep pitchers once clocked at 100 mph in the minors. If Bisenius can bloom late and harness that one element, well, the Nationals could have something here.

"I think he's figured out what he needs to do," said Class AAA Syracuse Manager Trent Jewett, who watched Bisenius allow five earned runs in 16 2/3 innings at that level. "I think he's got a better understanding of himself, the way he needs to pitch. I saw him for a three-week period. I saw him search a little bit. Then I saw him find it."

Jewett felt good about what he saw from Bisenius in his first Nationals outing Friday night, when Bisenius yielded a single in a scoreless inning. Bisenius mixed in six sliders in 22 pitches, which Jewett believes is the key Bisenius. At times, Jewett believes, Bisenius relies too much on his blazing fastball.

"It boils down to, in short, not over-trusting his good fastball and trusting his secondary stuff," Jewett said. "If he pitches with his secondary stuff and throws his fastball, he's fine. But it can't be just that power, power, power mentality. There has to be a pitcher in there. I think he's found that. I think he's in a healthy frame of mind right now. I think he's in a good place. He's in a place now that sees all that he's capable of doing."

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 12, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Today's lineup
Next: Jim Riggleman praises pitching staff

No comments have been posted to this entry.

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company