Command Is Key For Black
"Just trying to repeat my delivery and find some consistency has been my biggest key to success and failure this year," Black said. "I just haven't been confident in my stuff. "I've been working behind hitters, so right now I'm trying to pitch to contact and get more first and second pitch ground balls." The results have been night and day when Black is able to get ahead of hitters and get into counts that allow him to use his secondary pitches. He leads the Tampa Yankees in strikeouts [79) and all starting pitchers in K/9 [10.1. Pitching coach Jeff Ware is well aware of what Black can do when he's able to dictate at-bats with first-pitch strikes. "I truly believe all four of his pitches, including the fastball, are swing and miss pitches," Ware said about the kind of stuff Black possesses. "All four are already above...
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