"He has the characteristics," manager Eric Wedge said. "He has the personality for it. He's kind of a veteran Minor League guy who is a little bit weathered and has had to go through some things. It has toughened him up a little bit and I think he has great perspective.
"With the way he is using all his pitches, that has kind of been the final piece for him. It has been a separator for him."
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com.
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