Orioles’ lefty Wei-Yin Chen threw 51 pitches (33 strikes) Friday in an exhibition start against the Pittsburgh Pirates that lasted 2 1/3 innings. His fastball sat between 89 and 91 mph and with the exception of his command – especially his slider – he looked pretty solid for this time of year.
Toward the end of his interview with the local media, Chen said, “I feel it is going to be a good year for me.”
The sophomore campaign often is the roughest for pitchers, but Chen, who will be 28 in July, wasn’t a normal rookie last year and he won’t be a normal sophomore this season. He has never been intimidated by the level of competition, and he won’t be in 2013.