Angels Prospect Interview: Robert Mosebach

Fresh off a complete game that saw four double play grounders, Robert Mosebach continues to be an innings eater that keeps his team in the game, winning his 11th on Wednesday with another solid effort. And he has gotten better after surpassing 100 innings on the season.

Do you feel like you are attacking lefties and righties the same – sometimes there is a tendency to work a right-hander inside but you don't have that same approach with a lefty.

Robert Mosebach: Actually, I started having a tendency to fade away against left-handed hitters where my two-seam would come out too far and I would try and catch the edge of the plate and it would run off. Once righties stepped to the plate I would be strong with them and not have a problem.

I feel a little more comfortable with right-handed hitters. Lefties I kind of get a little shaky. Usually, to start the season, I don't have a problem with lefties but as I get going something happens where they hit me pretty good – either my two-seam is not running or is flattened out or I get up in the zone.

Talk about the competition last year with you, Nick Adenhart, Steve Marek and Tommy Mendoza – it almost seemed like you guys were trying to one-up each other at the end of the year.

Robert Mosebach: It was good, competitive, fight. It gives you that aggression and you always have to compete wherever you are at. You are always pitching out there for more teams than one. The pitching staff we had last year was amazing with Nick Adenhart, Tommy Mendoza and Stephen Marek. It was good competition. It helped us strive further than we thought we could. I am always trying to one-up everyone and they are trying to one-up me. It brought out the best in us.

While you are all trying to get to the same place, you all still help each other along the way. What can you learn from those guys?

Robert Mosebach: Tons of things. If you are having a problem with a pitch and another guy is not having a problem he can feed you information – your fingers on the grip, the confidence levels. If someone is walking people than maybe you can help each other out.

Mechanical-wise, you really don't get too much advice since everyone has their own mechanics and know where they feel comfortable.

Last year, I would throw catch a lot with Nick Adenhart because I liked his delivery. I would feed off his arm and see how he was loose. I would try and imitate that and it helped – my ball was down in the zone a lot.

We always try and pick each other up after bad games. We were not competing to beat each other. We all want to get there, and we know we all want to get there. If we all get there that is what we want.

Early in the year you had Bartolo Colon and Jered Weaver starting in back-to-back games. Talk about that experience and just sitting next to those guys and absorbing what they have to offer.

Robert Mosebach: It is amazing. Those guys come in and there is a spark in the room. They have been there. They have done it.

A Cy Young winner and Weaver comes in and goes 10-2, an amazing start. You look at them and you see the confidence level. That is what you need to be on the mound. You try and pick up things here and there. You watch them pitch – how they get out of jams, how they don't put their head down. They don't make a mockery of things. They are polishing everything. They are perfects and it doesn't stop.


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