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Radhamez Liz pitches no-hitter for AA Bowie Baysox

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Final Line: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BOB, 8 K. From my understanding this kid has an electric fastball but control has been an issue from time to time. If he keeps up the good pitching maybe he'll be starting for the O's this fall.

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From what I have read, he is destined to be a bullpen arm. He has a great fastball, but not much in the way of secondary offerings.

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Radhames Liz, rhp Born: October 6, 1983 • B-T: R-R • Ht: 6-2 • Wt: 170

Signed: Dominican Republic, 2003 • Signed by: Carlos Bernhardt

Radhames LizBackground: Liz was the talk of the minors early in the 2006 season as he dominated at Frederick, including an April start when he struck out 13 in five innings in a combined no-hitter against Salem. He found out in Double-A that he still had a lot to learn about pitching, however.

Strengths: Liz throws his fastball with such life that there's a clicking sound when he throws it at its highest velocity--in the 94-97 mph range--as his thumb hits his index and middle fingers. His curveball is another plus pitch that he's still learning how to use. His changeup can be an average pitch when he doesn't try to throw it too slow.

Weaknesses: He likes to elevate his heater, but Double-A hitters showed Liz he needs to pitch down in the zone. He's also working on control and command of all his pitches. Liz doesn't like to get hit, and the Orioles are trying to teach him that contact on his terms is desirable.

The Future: Liz' command questions and two dominant pitches make him an obvious candidate to be a reliever, but Baltimore officials say his durability and potential three-pitch mix will keep him in a rotation until hitters tell them otherwise. He'll begin 2007 back in Double-A.

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