InsideTheDome: How have you worked keeping hitters off-balance?
David Purcey: My approach is going to be pretty much the same all year. I'm just going to take executing each pitch one at a time. That's all I'm going to try to do. Last year I tried to get ahead of myself saying ‘if I could do this, I could get to this level.' I was putting too much pressure on myself, and trying to do too much on the mound. I was trying to overthrow, and that took me out of my mechanics. I was not being able to spot a ball. But this year I'm just going to take it one pitch at a time, try to execute one pitch at a time. I'm going to go after hitters and make them put the ball in play.
InsideTheDome: Do you have scouting reports on the other teams in the league or do you try to focus on your own techniques/mechanics to get these guys out?
David Purcey: The more teams play each other, the more tendencies we see. You kind of go off scouting reports a little bit, but you also have to pitch to your strengths. Just because a guy can be late on an inside fastball, doesn't mean you're going to start throwing inside fastballs, if you don't throw hard. He might be able to get to it if you don't throw that hard. So you definitely have to pitch to your strengths as a pitcher.
InsideTheDome: You have put up high strikeout numbers this year. These are numbers associated with power pitchers. Do you consider yourself a power pitcher?
David Purcey: I wouldn't put that label on me. I always thought that power pitchers threw mid 90's and higher. I feel that I've got enough to get it by people if I set them up right. If I try to go through a game and just try to let it go all game long, eventually they'll catch up and hit it. As long as I can keep them off balance, I can do a good job of getting them out. Actually I can strike guys out that way. I don't know as though I'd label myself a power pitcher or not.
InsideTheDome: Do you think early on, pitchers have an advantage over hitters…especially with some of the cold weather you've been throwing in?
David Purcey: I don't know. It seems as though the hitters have been doing pretty well for themselves around here. I definitely think that when a pitcher can locate balls when it's cold, they definitely have the advantage over the hitters. I was always told as a kid that good pitching beats good hitting.
InsideTheDome: I followed your starts at home. You spot your fastball real well but you seemed to have good command of your off-speed and breaking pitches too. Talk about those pitches for minute. Are you working on those pitches?
David Purcey: Right now what I'm really working on is to consistently put my pitches over for the strike. My curveball I'm comfortable with. All my pitches I have a good feel for now. It's just a matter of me going out and throwing them for strikes.
InsideTheDome: I'm assuming these first three starts have helped build your confidence. Do you feel that way?
David Purcey: Yes, I have to take it for what it is. It's been 3 starts at the beginning of the year, hitters are fresh out of spring training, cold weather, it can go anyway from here. I'm just going to go out and pitch the best I can. Try to put pressure on the hitters, make them put the ball in play.
InsideTheDome: Does your approach change at all pitching to right-handers as opposed to lefthanders?
David Purcey: Not really, for the most part I try to work both sides of the plate. It doesn't really change too much. Just going after them, fastball, changeup, try to change speeds on them, make them put it in play, take the sting out of the bat.
InsideTheDome: During your first start here, your defense made some great defensive plays behind you, some key double plays to get you out of some jams. Talk about that for a minute.
David Purcey: That first game Majewski made a great play down the line in right, probably saved a run. That double play was a momentum changer. I've gotten a lot of ground balls, the defense has been solid. We have a veteran team out here, we all know how to play, and I think we all know what it takes to win. We're going to try to go ahead and put pressure on the hitters, throw strikes and let out defense take care of it behind us.
InsideTheDome: Talk about some of the key things you worked on this off-season.
David Purcey: This off-season I didn't really work on too much. I went down to Puerto Rico for a couple of weeks. My arm got sore so they sent me back. When I was down there, I worked with Rafael Chavez, who's the Mariner's pitching coach. He had couple of tips for me for going over my head, my mechanics. Try to smooth it out a little. Make it more mindless so I really don't have to think about my mechanics, and I think I've been able to come into spring training with that mindset, just not put too much pressure on myself, not to worry about it, it's just about getting the ball to the plate.
InsideTheDome: Is there a timetable in which you would like to reach Triple-A and even the big leagues?
David Purcey: There's really no time frame. I mean, for the most part I'm not going to think about that, worry about it. I'm just going to try to go out there, like I told you before, take one pitch at a time, one start as they come. It doesn't matter what level your at, it's all the same game. Toronto all the way down to rookie, it's all the same game. It's just a matter of staying focused and bearing down.
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