Sunday, June 5, 2011
Successful First Start
I had my first start for my summer league team today. With the amount of pitching that we have, I'm grateful to be a starter as a Freshman in this league. It does, however, limit the amount of pitches our starters are able to throw. We need to work everyone in, so starters get about 4 innings or 85 pitches. I threw 4 innings today to a good-hitting ball team. After I was done, I had 5 strikeouts and gave up 2 hits for 2 runs. I was very happy with those numbers as some of these kids are no-doubters for the draft whenever they're eligible. Every pitch felt great and my velocity is picking up as well. Working out every day is definitely showing on the field. I threw to this team just like I would any other team, working fastballs inside and soft stuff away to freeze hitters. This worked out extremely well, as I gave up only 2 hits. One being on a terrible hop due to an undragged field. In a league like this, a pitcher needs to work inside as much as possible. I hit one kid (the pitch was actually a strike) by working a Splitter inside on an 0-2 count. Things like that happen, and overall I was very satisfied with the result of my day. Now, it's another week in the weight room and I'll be ready for my next start.