Liz Throwing Shutouts in Dominican

The last time we heard from Liz it was last year while he was pitching in Japan for the Rakuten Golden Eagles, appearing in just five games with a 6.94 ERA, with most of his time spent in the Japanese minor leagues. The Eagles were not happy with his production and chose not to sign him to a 2017 contract.

Liz had some success in the KBO between 2011 to 2013, returning to the United States in 2014 in the hopes of pitching in the major leagues. Two years in the minor leagues and a brief appearance with the Pirates in 2015 convinced him to give Japan a shot. In three years in the major leagues from 2007 to 2009 Liz pitched for the Baltimore Orioles and could not get his ERA below 6.72, motivating him to give Korea a shot.

Liz is now attracting some interest while pitching in the Dominican Republic. A free agent, but 35 years of age, he has allowed just three unearned runs in six starts covering 30.2 innings. On Sunday he had his longest start, throwing seven innings of two hit ball, striking out five in Estrallas 8-0 win over Aguilas. It is unclear if he still has the clicking sound when he pitches, but Dominican hitters are finding his stuff tough to hit, click or no click, batting just .135 against him. Righthanded hitters are batting just .118.

At 35 years of age his best bet may be to sign another contract with a KBO club. If he keeps throwing zeros a lot of major league teams may be interested in him as bullpen depth.

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