"He has power to his stuff, he's got the ability to spin a couple of different types of breaking balls. And we're getting to know about him and his aptitude, and just his overall baseball experience so far in camp," said Farrell.
There are cultural adjustments to work through also.
"The one thing we come to find out is the baseball culture is very different here, particularly in our Spring Training setting, versus what we've come to understand through Hino," said Farrell. "And that is, there's more attention to detail in some of the finer points of the game that he's getting accustomed to. Still, in his role and what he can potentially bring to us, it's what he does on the mound [that will be key]."
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