Hi all, was at the Peoria Sports Complex this morning to watch Kerry pitch one inning against the Padres Arizona Rookie League team. Obviously, it's not fair to rate his performance based on one inning, but I will give my impressions on that one inning.
I didn't keep a pitch count as I was taking pictures which can be viewed at this link http://home.att.net/~jvrabec/kw.html.
The leadoff man walked on 5 pitches, the next hitter rolled a comebacker through Kerry's legs that had eyes. It made it into the outfield. 2 on, no out. Next batter got a bloop hit to left and drove in one run. The next hitter grounded into a 6-4-3 twin killing and the last batter popped weakly to the SS in short left center.
I would say he threw maybe 20 pitches, more balls than strikes. His curve seemed to be snapping very well, he had trouble placing his fastball, but no one hit anything hard at all. No one hit anything farther than 120 feet and nothing that was hit, even the DP ball, was hit hard. Bunches of scouts in attendance, didn't see a gun. Velocity looked fine, but the Padres pitcher seemed to have a little more giddy-up on his fastball. Sorry, I don't know who it was. Only the scouts have a roster, I guess I could have printed one up before leaving the house, but I knew I wouldn't be staying after Kerry was done anyway.
It was very nice to meet him and wish him good luck after his stint. He mentioned to a confidante that he was heading up to Chicago this weekend. I can only assume that it might be to have a specialist look at him, just my very uninformed speculation. He may be going up for an event for all I know.
All in all, a very pleasant morning to watch his rehab, he looked thinner than when I saw him in Spring Training. He threw effortlessly, and used all his pitches. I would think after his outings this week which were all without pain or discomfort, he looks like he will most definitely be back in August. He will be a most welcome addition to the Cub's journey that is picking up steam! GO CUBS!