Clipped From Alton Evening Telegraph
Braves Pitching Staff Needs Much Attention The big problem for Manager ' Mitchell of the Braves Is pitching. The Boston outfield, composed of Billy Southworth, Ray Powell and Walter Cruise, will more than hold Its own in the National League. Of the new outfielders, Bagwell and Felix show promise, so that it looks as if the secondary defense in the outfield would be up to snuff. Mitchell has two infields, one en- Mrely of veterans, another made /up Of recruits. The four rookies have so much ability that • the regulars will be stepping all the time to escape being displaced. That is a good condition because it causes the old players to constantly go at top speed. •- , The catching department will take care of Itself, but some pitching must be developed to make Manager Mitchell feel confident tha't his club •will play the game he IB hanking on. t Mitchell has his veteran staff of Filllngim, Miller, Oescheger, Watson and Marquard. While some of these Jiurlers are old-timers In a baseball sense, still Mitchell feels they will cpme through, provided he can dig up some' worthwhile assistance from t the recruits. Rube Marquard. is the only south- pay among the veteran pitchers. Mltcholl Is anxious to get a young left hnnder able to go the route. He is hopeful he has such a pitcher In 'Johnny Cooney. This young man, with 19 wfes and only three defeats, fairly burned up tho Eastern League last, year. A pitcher capable of such' a performance certainly looms up as most promising material. Hulihan, a former collegian, secured from the Giants, is another southpaw prospect. T\vo right banders of promise are McNamara, the former JPordharrf hurler, who looked so good in a couple of starts last fall, and- Larry Benton from Memphis. One pitcher'on whom Mitchell is banking to come through is G*ene Lansing. This time last year he was considered one of the Braves' best prospects. An injury to s his knee s* handicapped him that he never hit his stride all of last year. He is going great this spring. Manager Mitchell refuses to predict where he will finish, other than it won't be last, and he lays emphasis on the last.