Cards AFL Interview Series: Blake King

Springfield Cardinals relief pitcher Blake King speaks from the Arizona Fall League.

In what is clearly an extension of his promising but unfulfilled career to date, Surprise Rafters reliever Blake King has pitched strongly at times in the 2010 Arizona Fall League, only to get himself into trouble in others, often by missing with location and issuing too many free passes.

In eight Arizona Fall League innings to date, the right-hander has allowed too many baserunners - ten hits and eight walks leading to seven earned runs - for a 7.88 ERA. Five of his eight outings were scoreless, with much of the damage, four earned runs allowed, occurring on Friday, November 5.

King's AFL pitching coach, Brad Holman from the Texas Rangers organization, clearly explains the challenges the pitcher is facing.

"In his delivery, he has a tendency to hunch over a little bit with his upper body and when he does that, he tends to work around himself," the coach explained. "It makes for an inconsistent release with his fastball, particularly because his hand path starts working a little more side to side. He wants it to be high. It is a matter of getting his arm slot to match his posture, so to speak, because the arm is just an extension of the body.

"His fastball, he can stand up so that he can repeat the direction with the pitch. When he hunches over, it works with his slider, because you work around the ball, anyway. So in the process of getting the fastball command, it has kind of left him in a quandary with his slider. It is a little of a Catch 22, but we are working to it," Holman said.

In the following exclusive audio clip, King discusses his successes as well as his efforts to capture and keep that elusive consistency.

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Other interviews in this series
Brian Broderick
Ramon Delgado
Jordan Swagerty

Coming soon
Zack Cox
Adron Chambers
Tony Cruz
Pete Kozma
Derrick May



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