Colorado pitcher Jason Hirsh has done just about all he can in the minor leagues.
It’s time for the 25-year-old right-hander to show what he can do in the big leagues with the Rockies.
The 2006 Pacific Coast League pitcher of the year with Round Rock has the physical credentials, measuring in at 6 feet 8 and 250 pounds.
But Hirsh has to get the job done on the mound.
“You have to show me,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said of Hirsh. “I watch more of what people do than what people say.
“He has limited (major league) experience. The only way for him to grow is to give him more opportunities.”
The Rockies saw enough to include him in a trade with Houston for Jason Jennings during the offseason. Colorado also picked up pitcher Taylor Buchholz and center fielder Willy Taveras in the deal.
In a brief stint with the Astros a year ago, Hirsh was 3-4 with a 6.04 ERA, giving up 32 runs in 44 innings.
He has a 6.17 ERA this spring, but still has a good chance to land in Colorado’s starting rotation.
One of Hirsh’s weaknesses has been getting too keyed up on the mound. That was the case when he walked the bases loaded against Oakland in his last spring start.
“I am trying to make the team here,” Hirsh said. “I have been putting a little extra pressure on me. I have high expectations, and sometimes I overdo it to get to those expectations quicker.”
Hirsh got out of the bases-loaded jam against the A’s with just one run scoring. He forced a double-play ball and then had a strikeout.
The next four innings, he held Oakland scoreless
“I don’t notice it as much as I should,” Hirsh said about being tense at the start of games. “I need to go out and try to stop being so mechanical and don’t do anything extra and just pitch. I am here to throw the ball. I have done it again and again and again.
“Just sometimes I am so tense. It is like when you are watching a movie and you are on the edge of your seat and you don’t realize it until you notice you are up there. You have to just lean back and relax. That is what I need to do.”
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