WASHINGTON – Normally, Brad Holman flies and drives around the country to the affiliates in Washington’s system and sometimes sits behind home plate during games as the pitching coordinator in player development.
But his view has been from a different viewpoint the past few weeks as he fills in as pitching coach for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators while Sam Narron remains with the major league club.
That gave Holman a chance to see right-hander Gerardo Carrillo up close on Friday when the pitcher made his third start in Washington’s system since he was acquired from the LA Dodgers in the deal that sent Max Scherzer and Trea Turner out west.
“He has a very loose arm, live arm” Holman told Federal Baseball.
“His sinker and slider make a very good combination. He has some personality on the mound; he is fun to watch. He is one I am anxious to see down the stretch.”
Carrillo, who turns 23 next month, went 4.1 innings and gave up three earned runs Friday at Akron. In his first three starts with Harrisburg, he was 0-1, 4.91.
Overall, counting his time in the Dodgers’ system this year, he was 3-3, 4.38 in 18 games, with 17 starts.
Another starter that Holman got to see in person last week was Jackson Tetreault, 25, a seventh-round pick in 2017 out of Florida State by the Nationals.
He has gone from rookie to Single-A Wilmington to Harrisburg this year and was 3-4, 3.72 in his first 10 starts this year at three levels.
“He started off early in Spring Training with a nagging injury,” Holman said. “He was a little slower out of the gate. He has really exceptional stuff; a fastball that has the proverbial break. It has some hop at the top of the zone and gets over barrels. His breaking ball is above average. He has developed a really good change; that has been a good adjustment he has made with Sam and has been a pleasure to watch. He is a mature kid and wants the ball and competes well. He has some stuff – don’t count him out.”
Another Harrisburg pitcher that got the attention of Holman was Jhon Romero, who is 26 and is from Colombia. He had a WHIP of 1.18 in his first 30 bullpen outings this year.
Another reliever making some noise with the Senators is Reid Schaller, 24, who had a WHIP of 1.43 in his first 26 games as a reliever this year.
He was taken in the third round in 2018 out of Vanderbilt.
“He is out of the bullpen and has been steadily getting better. His fastball is up to 96 and 97 and he has a slider,” Holman said.