Buehrle can set example for West

JUPITER, Fla. — At 6-foot-8, Sean West is a towering figure on the mound.

The 25-year-old left-hander also is one of the most baffling prospects the Marlins have had in some time.

A first-round pick in 2005, West has yet to put everything together. He’s dealt with injuries and inconsistencies. Overall, he’s appeared in 22 big league games, and he’s 8-8 with a 5.03 ERA.

This is a big Spring Training for the left-hander, because he’s out of options. So he has to either make the Opening Day roster or risk being released or traded.

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen looks at West, watches him throw off the mound, and wonders, why he isn’t already established in the big leagues.

Guillen feels West, and some of the other pitchers in camp, can benefit by watching an established left-hander like Mark Buehrle.

“This guy is a complete pro,” Guillen said of Buehrle. “Everybody who plays around him, loves him. The thing that amazes me about him is, it takes a lot of guts to get people out with the kind of [stuff] that he has. But he’s been doing that for years over years over years.

“I’m not going to say that he’s a little bit under the radar, because people know who he is, and what he’s accomplished in the game. But he’s better than people think. If you look at his numbers, he’s one of the top lefties and top pitchers in the game when it comes to consistency. This guy, year after year, he just puts numbers out there.”

Buehrle also is known for being a fast worker on the mound.

“The only bad thing about when Buehrle is pitching is the beer vendors are upset,” Guillen joked. “And my wife always shows late. She shows in the sixth or seventh when Buehrle pitches. But it’s a good thing. The people who play infield, outfield, play behind him, love it.”

Others, like West, can learn something just by watching the crafty veteran.

Joe Frisaro

 

 

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