This one was delayed 23 minutes by rain on Tuesday morning before Rainy Lara could get going. Lara's performance lasted longer than the rain and was more impressive: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, WP. Lara's basically been the same guy he was in the SAL in the FSL. His his walk rate (from 3 to 4.7%) and hits allowed (20% to 22%) have both moved up, but barely. At the time he was promoted, I wrote this about the 22-year-old:
Lara mostly throws 90-91 from the right side although he will get to 92 once most nights and 93 on a better night, but he works at 90-91. He complements that with a slider and a changeup. The slider is below average now, but he has feel for it, and throws it a lot. Multiple scouts have told me they can see Lara pitching in the big leagues ? either in middle relief or at the back end of a rotation.The only thing I will add here is that more scouts saw him as a middle reliever than as a back-end starter.