Continuing the breakdown of non-roster invitees from two days ago, here are the rest of the non-roster invitee pitchers coming to Spring Training in a couple weeks.
Zach Nuding, RHP
Age as of Opening Day 2013: 23 (born 3/29/1990)
2012 (Rk/A+): 17 GS, 100 IP, 9-3, 3.51 ERA, 3.07 FIP, 1.320 WHIP, 8.8 H/9, 3.1 BB/9, 6.9 K/9
Nuding has a tremendous physical presence on the mound at 6’4" and 250 pounds (pause?). An extremely-late 30th round draft pick in 2010 out of little-known Weatherford College in Texas, Nuding spent most of last year with High-A Tampa, where he showed off a mid-to-high 90s fastball, a slider, and a changeup in his arsenal. He demonstrated better control than most pitchers his age with a 2.7 BB/9 in 85.2 Tampa innings, but he also got rocked in the Arizona Fall League last year when his walk rate and hit rate slipped. How Nuding fares in Spring Training could determine whether he stays south in Tampa to a league he has already pitched well in or goes up north to Double-A Trenton.
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