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Padres Prospect Interview: Rafeal Arias

There were some who questioned whether San Diego Padres pitching prospect Rafeal Arias was ready for his stateside debut. Many wanted to send him back to the Dominican Republic for more seasoning. The Padres are glad they kept him in Arizona – he shined in one of the toughest environments as the team's closer.

Talk about the pitches you throw and the speeds you throw them at. Rafeal Arias: I throw a fastball at 95 mph, a slider that comes in at 83-85 and a changeup that is 85 and sometimes a little bit too hard. When you first came to extended spring training, you had some struggles but when the season began, you found a lot of success. What changed? Rafeal Arias: When I came to extended, I had a...

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