A change in his pitching motion, dropping his arm angle, was a key reason for Ryan Sherriff’s continued improvement in 2016. Settling in as a reliever, a move that began in 2014, was also a positive contributor.
In 49 games with Memphis, Sherriff tossed 66 2/3 innings while registering a 2.84 ERA. The left-hander struck out 55 but issued 23 free passes. Keeping the ball down was key as his ground out to fly ball out ratio was a career-best 2.35 to 1. Sherriff was the Redbirds’ lone representative on the Pacific Coast League squad in the Triple-A All-Star Game.
The oldest player on his Arizona Fall League team, the Glendale Desert Dogs, Sherriff knows more change may be ahead. The 26-year-old is among three Cardinals relievers currently pitching in AFL who are competing for 40-man roster spots.
In the following exclusive interview, Sherriff outlines his career changes, his time with Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic, his AFL stint and what may be next.
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