Angel reliever Brad Pennington admits he used to be "screen-rattling" wild, and the statistics support him--the left-hander led the Appalachian League with 14 wild pitches in 1989 and walked 121 at Class A Wausau, Wis., in 1990.
But the rumors that Pennington once walked 11 consecutive batters in a minor league game "might be a little far-fetched," Pennington said. "But you can write it anyway."
What does he care? It's tough to downplay that reputation, so Pennington, 27, uses it to his advantage.
If batters think he's a little wild, maybe they'll be back on their heels a bit in the box.
Though Pennington's walk totals have been high, so have his strikeouts. Pennington, who has a herky jerky motion, struck out 142 in the same season he walked 121.
"I know my walk totals are high and it's a problem," said Pennington, who was claimed off waivers from the Boston Red Sox last week. "But if you watch me pitch, I'm not as wild as I was before. I'm around the plate a lot more."