What I look for in a pitcher

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About 3 hours from Game 4 of the World Series 2016 between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs. I have to tell you that last night’s game was a delight. I’ve been on this kick here the last few months, few years, about how pitches were developed. I know that there’s always been a push towards the big velocity type players and training programs that are [inaudible 00:00:30] that. Kind of what I’ve been seeing over the last few years is that everybody’s holding themselves out for the one big showcase where they can come out and throw 95 miles an hour. And truthfully, you know scouts are looking for kids that do throw 95 to 100 miles an hour with the pretense that they can come back and train these guys to be pitchers.

Based upon my limited history of what I’ve seen is the kids who end up becoming the best pitchers, have been pitchers long before they were able to throw big velocity games. And watching last night, Josh Tomlin, and Kyle Hendricks who basically … What they were discussing on the broadcast Game 1 was chance that maybe 2 division one offers and here he is pitching himself into, possibly, the Cy Young of National League with a fastball that barely touches 90 miles an hour in the assortment of all speed pitches and things of that nature.

One of the things we feel is that sometimes we categorize a kid as a non-prospect because he doesn’t throw 95 miles an hour, but you still have an opportunity to become a really good pitcher if you can develop all speed pitches and enough fastballs to keep guys off those all speed pitches. Last night was a total street, where you saw 2 pitches that stayed out of the middle of the plate, pitched with a lot of movement, and we’re able to dominate these really, really good hitters who have carried these teams to a lot of wins in Major League baseball. [inaudible 00:01:58]

We’ll continue to talk about pitches and deliveries, and my goal is to get guys who can develop into a 3,500 [inaudible 00:02:05]

In order to become a 3,500 pitcher, inning pitcher, you need to be able to develop a good sound [inaudible 00:02:29] approach to be able to throw a baseball, bio-mechanical approach to throwing a baseball. You also need to have a pretty good idea of what it takes to get hitters out and to be able to execute those pitches. You need to be able to rest and recover and get yourself back into a position where you can throw every 4 to 5 days out. That’s what we think it takes to be … I don’t think that’s ever been disputer in baseball. To be able to pitch with effective velocity, to throw balls, be in the spinner breaking pitch, and also be able to pretty much understand what it is to be a baseball [inaudible 00:03:07]

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