David Pauley's coming out party plays to mixed reviews. Sinker or not, he's leaving a lot of balls up in the zone, but did get three DPs, although it should have been 1-2-3 not 1-6-3.
From the stretch, Pauley reminds me of Derek Lowe, but without as much sink, at least tonight. He does have enough giddyap on the heater (88-91) to earn respect for it. He doesn't look like Brian Rose either though, who never had an out pitch. Rose, a high school phenom, never had the stuff to win. As I understand it, he had a personality-stuff disparity, although I have never met the man.
I would like to see more consistency in his delivery. The best pitchers tend to have a compact delivery with power focused from the leg kick and back leg drive. Pauley often seems to throw across his body, not as much as a Mark Gubicza did, but enough to cause him to lose control. His arm slot on the curveball seems more vertical than that on his fastball.
It appears that Pauley could get people out with the change or the outside fastball. He will not be able to win with two pitches, and the best curve he threw (to Zaun), somehow got missed by the umpire, who probably got surprised.
He has been very fortunate, in that some 'mistake' fastballs to Alfonzo and Glaus got popped up instead of driven out.
It's only one game, and it's not as though we can know whether this is his 'A' game (I doubt it) or his worst (also unlikely). He has shown reasonable poise considering the gravity of the situation.
The scouting report is that he gets stronger as the game progresses, and it will be interesting to see if he goes five and out, or whether he can make it into the sixth.