Big Jake

Jake Odorizzi (’10)…Yeah. He’s pitching pretty well with Wilmington in the Carolina League.

The Royals prospect earned his first Carolina League win by striking out 10 over seven innings as the Wilmington Blue Rocks blanked the Winston-Salem Dash, 4-0.

Odorizzi (1-0), MLB.com’s No. 37 prospect, reached double digits in strikeouts for the second consecutive outing and yielded only three hits.

“Refining my pitches, I’m trying to get everything going for a strike,” Odorizzi said of his repertoire, which includes a fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. “Tonight was just a culmination of everything and, hopefully, some good things are to come.”

While the performance represented the best of Odorizzi’s first four starts in the Royals system, it didn’t quite match his best as a Minor Leaguer. Pitching for Class A Wisconsin last August, the right-hander tossed eight hitless innings, hitting one batter and walking another while striking out 10.

But Odorizzi, a 2008 first-round pick who was packaged with three other Brewers for Zack Grienke last December, said he felt as strong on the mound Friday as he did late last summer.

“Last year’s eight-inning game was comparable,” Odorizzi said. “Everything worked, every pitch was being thrown for a strike — getting ground balls, it was just a good game all around.”

Jake Odorizzi. Pretty good.

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