Lesley Clegg RHP Ted Serro was recently moved down from Dunedin to join the Lansing Lugnuts.
The 22-year-old, who was drafted in 2006, moved through the system quickly, spending a short time in Auburn and Lansing before finishing the year in Dunedin.
"When he was here last year, he didn't have any problems," said pitching coach Tom Signore. "He was a guy who I wouldn't mess with, because he was throwing the ball great."
Serro has a diverse repertoire on the mound with a sinker, change-up, slider and forkball. Although he said he is most confident in his sinker.
"I like the fact that his ball is very heavy with a late sink, and hitters can't get a good read on it," said Signore. "He also has a very good change up, so hitters only see the top half of the ball."
Serro said although he was disappointed when he first found out he would be moved down to Lansing, because of his trust in Tom, he knew he would be taken care of.
"When I first heard I was a little disappointed, obviously you don't want to be moving backwards in this game of baseball," said Serro. "But as soon as I got here, I knew it was a good thing. "
Serro said currently his biggest hurdle is consistency in the strike zone.
"They sent me down here, to get back to the consistency I've had in the past."
"He's had a little bit of trouble with command in the strike zone and I just think he lost his arm slot a little bit and is drifting on his delivery," said Signore.
"I was running into control issues during spring training, and we started to toy with it, and the toying with it ended up bringing my arm slot higher than it was, so Tom and I have been working hard to bring it down to where it was," said Serro.
Serro and Signore seem to have a mutual respect for one another.
"Since I am familiar with him, there is a lot of difference I can see with his technique and his delivery," said Signore. "Those are just a few problems he needs to work out, but once he does, I'm sure he'll be on his way."
"Tom is really the best pitching coach I think I've had," said Serro. "He really understands the mechanics that I have, which tend to be a little stranger than other pitchers. So Tom has been great, and I already feel like I've made strides since I've been back."
The Brooklyn native said although he looks up to pitchers like Roger Clemens and Roy Oswalt, he tries to model his game after non-pitcher, Don Mattingly.
"Morally I've always looked up to Don Mattingly, I grew up a Yankee's fan, so he always had a big influence on me because he played the game the way it was suppose to be played," said Serro.
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