Finally healthy, pitcher Bryan Dobzanzki moved up from Johnson City last season to the State College Spikes of the short-season Class-A New York-Penn League for 2016.
Still just 20 years old, the New Jersey native came into this season with just 43 professional innings pitched over parts of two summers in the Gulf Coast and Appalachian Leagues with the latter season curtailed due to injury. As a result, 2016 is Dobzanski’s first extended opportunity to pitch.
Through nine starts, the right-hander is averaging between five and six innings pitched, with a best of eight innings on June 26. Dobzanski is carrying a 4-4 record with a 3.73 ERA, 27 strikeouts and 16 walks in 50 2/3 innings.
As I watched one of his recent starts, I noticed Dobzanski using three offerings. His fastball sat in the 89-90 range, topping at 92 mph. He showed a change up in the low 80s and a curve as well. I especially liked to see him pitching backwards, with enough trust in his off-speed offerings to throw them in fastball counts.
In the following exclusive interview, Dobzanski discusses all of these subjects and much more.
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