"He really put himself in a good position to execute pitches today," said manager John Farrell. "It was encouraging to see, the quality of the strikes he threw with his fastball in particular, a very good changeup, a really good start to build off of for his first outing in camp here."
Doubront's biggest mechanical adjustment has been to quicken his hands.
"Yeah, I'm just working in the offseason and obviously right here to try to shorten my arm a little bit more, and I think that helps to get more control," Doubront said. "I feel really good."
With Doubront's arsenal of pitches, it's not out of the realm of possibility that he could become a 15-game winner or thereabouts this season. Last year, he went 11-6 with a 4.32 ERA.
"My goal is to win as many games as possible. The first thing is to stay healthy," Doubront said. "I won 11 games [last year], so 15 is right there. It's really close."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.