Get ready for Luiz Gohara, the portly lefthander acquired from the Mariners in the Mallex Smith trade. Gohara was dominant in his first start for the High-A Florida Fire Frogs.
Gohara combined overpowering stuff with a heavy dose of first-pitch strikes and good command of his slider on Opening Day for high Class A Florida. Facing a Daytona lineup that included some of the Reds’ better hitting prospects in Nick Senzel, Shed Long and Chris Okey, Gohara threw five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, no walks and four hits allowed. His fastball sat in the mid-90s, reached 99 mph and he got consistent swing-and-miss with a plus slider against lefties and righties. He racked up groundballs and even picked off a runner.
Who knows? Maybe Gohara will do Colbert’s show one day.