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July 3, 2013

Stankiewicz thrilled to pitch for Lowell

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“The organization brought me to Fenway and it was awesome. I had never been to Boston before. I got to tour the clubhouse and see all the big leaguers’ lockers. I met a lot of guys. Not many have that chance. The Bruins were playing too, so I got to see all that excitement.”

Baseball America noted that Stankiewicz is polished for a 19-year-old pitcher, with the ability to throw four pitches with authority.

“My key is fastball location,” he said. “I can put the ball anywhere I want, and I am low 90s, sometimes as high as 94. My next best pitch is my changeup around 80, then my slider about 83. I am developing my curveball as well.

“My mechanics are similar to (2011 American League MVP) Justin Verlander, but he is a real star. I haven’t had the chance to meet him yet, but I am going to.”

He is also thrilled to pitch in front of a crowd.

“When I was at Seminole State I was pitching in front of about 50 people a game,” he said. “Here (in Lowell) there are some huge crowds. I am a better pitcher when people are watching me. The more adrenalin, the better.”

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