Although David Purcey knew once spring training began he would be ticketed for Double-A New Hampshire, and nothing he could do in spring training could earn him a spot in Syracuse, the southpaw didn't let that get him down.
Purcey worked with pitching coach Dave LaRoche all spring on shortening his stride on the mound, and getting his release point consistent.
"Command, or lack of command, is all in a pitchers mechanics," said one Double-A scout. "With David he never had a consistent release point, and that's why he struggled with his control."
Purcey has the makeup to be a dominating pitcher. He stands at 6-foot-4 inches and is armed with a mid-90s fastball and a knee buckling mid-70s curveball. When he's on, hitters have no chance to be successful off him.
The southpaw showed the new side of himself during spring training while pitching with the Blue Jays Double-A squad, and Triple-A Syracuse. Purcey didn't pitch in his first official game until March 19 because he was working on the side on his mechanics. He went three innings in his first outing against the Trenton Yankees and tossed three scoreless innings, while walking one batter, and striking out four batters. Five days later he pitched for Triple-A Syracuse against Ottawa and tossed five scoreless innings, while allowing three hits, walking one and striking out four.
In his first start for New Hampshire this season Purcey struck out seven and walked just one batter in 6 1/3 innings. Yesterday he tossed a one-hit complete game shutout in the first game of a doubleheader. Purcey fanned a career high eleven batters and didn't yield a walk.
Purcey threw mostly fastballs in his second start of the year, and occasionally mixed in his curveball.
"His fastball was electric," said one scout in attendance. He got ahead of nearly every batter because of his effective fastball."
Confidence and Mechanics Back for Purcey
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