Chris Buglovsky – Pitcher Profile

In a continuing effort to learn more about the pitchers inside the Seattle Mariners organization,'s Joe Ruiz talked with Double-A San Antonio's upcoming ace Chris Buglovksy about his five pitches and what he expects when they leave his right hand. Chris, tell us about your fastball.

Chris Buglovsky: Well, I've got two kinds of fastballs. I have a four-seam fastball that's pretty much the pitch you want to throw most powerful through the zone.

Buglovsky's Four-Seam Fastball

The four-seam fastball you can get away with being up in the zone a little bit and my second fastball would be my sinker – my two-seam fastball – and I like to throw that in the bottom of the zone where it has a little more movement to it. It's not as straight as the four-seam fastball so it adds a little more depth to it.

Buglovsky's Two-Seam Fastball

ITP: Let's talk about your curveball.

CB: The curve is something I just started fooling around with this year. It's just something to get the batter on his front side instead of staying back and trying to look for something to drive. You get that little bit of speed differential and you get a little bit of depth. Every curveball is a little different – sometimes you aim and sometimes you don't. You're just getting a big difference in speed and in depth.

Buglovsky's Curve

ITP: Your last outing that we saw, you were spotting your changeup very well and keeping it consistently in the mid 70s. Tell us about your change.

CB: The whole big thing with a changeup is exactly what it's called. There are only a handful of guys that can really spot a changeup. What I'm looking to do is get the guy on the front end of his swing and take the sting out of his bat and not let him drive the ball off his back foot. The whole key to the changeup is just keeping it down and away from that bat head. You want to make sure it hits below that bat head. Typically, if you keep it down in the zone on either side of the plate, it's a pretty good pitch to have.

Buglovsky's Changeup

ITP: Tell us about your slider.

CB: A slider is just something I've always had. Sometimes I tend to use more as a cutter instead of a slider, but my slider is designed to show fastball and have the hitter commit to a fastball. Then, when he's committed to the fastball, it's a slider and it hits the end of the bat instead of the sweet spot.

Buglovsky's Slider

ITP: Are there any other pitches you're working on or do you just want to key in on those that you talked about?

CB: I'm pretty comfortable right now with what I have. I don't feel like I have to learn a new pitch every single year. I'd rather be good at three or four of them and be comfortable with throwing any of them at any count than having eight of them and not knowing which one to go to.

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