Jorge Posada caught Phil Hughes today for 10 minutes and came away impressed. The kid throws a two-seamer, a four-seamer, a change, a curve and is working on a slider.
“He’s legit; he’s a no-doubter,” Posada said. “He knows he belongs in the big leagues and he acts like it.”
Posada said that at this time last season, Hughes was able to spot only his fastball every time. Now, he said, Hughes has command of his curve and change and he’s getting better with his slider, which is a new pitch for him.
“He’s buries the two-strike curve in the dirt like you’re supposed to and he throws a back door curve,” Posada said. “He throws his fastball, curve and change for strikes.”
Posada said Hughes reminds him of when he caught Andy Pettitte in 1993 when both were Class A players at Prince William.
“It’s that maturity, it just stands out,” he said. “The attitude, you just see it. He’s not cocky but you can see by the way he walks around that he belongs here. He acts like a big leaguer.”
Posada is not somebody to tosses around praise without thinking, especially about young players. If there is somebody around the Yankees who has any doubts about Hughes, I haven’t met them.