Monday, April 14th, 2042
Relievers usually don’t make a lot of noise in a major league pitching staff, but Durblakh Patronilho is making his mark in the hearts of Slayers’ fans and his teammates.
It started in the spring when he uncorked his big arm for the first time on a SGCBL field. Already, he was confusing hitters and being a completely fearsome and perhaps mildly crazy force on the mound. The few quirks in an otherwise standard delivery, his evil grin on the mound before every pitch, and his natural wildness all added up to intimidate many hitters. The net result was 38 strikeouts in just 18 innings of spring action. This carried forward on Opening Week where he pitched 3 innings and struck out 7 batters. He faced 10 batters, for a 70% strikeout rate to start the year.
Obviously, that won’t last, but it’s clear that he has the making of being a fearsome, and perhaps often seen, presence on the mound for the Slayers. But once he got familiar with the routines of the ball club, another side showed in the locker room…his comedic side. Whether its bad dad jokes, practical jokes, or making dryads cry (presumably in laughter), Patronilho is becoming well known for his joking ways.
“We didn’t know this about him, but this is something we’ve not had in our clubhouse,” G.M. Knuckleball Lover spoke, “It will be interesting to see how the dynamic goes, especially when the grind of the season hits in full force.”
Seems like there’s a little more energy in the Slayers’ camp these days. That alone is a welcome sign to start the season.