Pill Continues to Deliver

St. Lucie, FL - Starting pitcher Tyler Pill has been keeping hitters guessing. Pill's athleticism together with a nice mix of pitches has led to a winning combination on the mound. Continued development of his pitching repertoire should lead to a promising future.

Tyler Pill reigns from Cal-State University where he went 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 2011. Pill was taken in the fourth round of the 2011 draft by the New York Mets. He had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 110-22 with Cal-State in 2011 and was ranked 59th out of 100 of America's top college prospects. He was also a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award as the nation's top player.

Pill has been able to translate his success to the minor league level.

After pitching only nine innings in 2011 - two with the Gulf-Coast League Mets and seven with the Brooklyn Cyclones - Pill was ready to get it going in 2012.

Pill began the 2012 season with the Savannah Sand Gnats where he posted a 2.61 ERA in nine starts. He had 54 strikeouts and only walked eight through a total of 51.2 innings pitched. These numbers earned him a well deserved call-up to St. Lucie in June right before the All-Star break.

"The difference between here and there is that you have to mix pitches a little bit more," Pill said. "Everywhere you go there's going to be competition. The hitters here are a little bit smarter so I'm adjusting in that way."

Pill also recalled the need to have fun with what he's doing, and that it plays a big role in his mental preparation.

"I just tell myself that I need to have fun with it and remember that it's just a game. If I'm not having fun playing I shouldn't be here."

Pill is enjoying his time out on the mound and rightly so. He's made nine appearances with St. Lucie, starting eight games. His ERA sits at an impressive 2.09 through 51.2 innings pitched with 41 strikeouts and 12 walks. Pill's K/9 is 7.04 and his LOB% is at 77.7%.

St. Lucie Manager Ryan Ellis appreciates the work that Pill has put in and the strong pitching performances that he has delivered.

"Tyler's done an outstanding job for us," Ellis said confidently. "He's not flashy but he's a guy that knows how to pitch. He knows how to pitch to his strengths and at the same time knows the hitter's weaknesses.

"I expect a quality start each time he goes out there. I expect him to go out there and at least pitch six innings. He keeps the pitch count down and he has a good head on his shoulders."

Pill's ability to keep hitters guessing has been key to his success. He has four pitches: a fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup.

His fastball ranges from 88 to 93 mph. The curveball ranges from the mid to high 70s. The slider varies between 80 and 85 mph. The changeup sits in the low 80s.

The slider has become an important pitch for Pill and he can throw it in different ways.

"Sometimes it's a cutter, sometimes I turn it over a little bit more. It depends on how I'm feeling," Pill said of his slider.

"My best strength would be my ability to throw all my pitches for strikes and mix my pitches up pretty well."

Ellis concurred that Pill's knack for effectively mixing pitches within the strike zone has led to his improvement and high achievements on the mound.

"With his curveball and slider, one is sharper than the other," said the St. Lucie manager. "He's able to change speeds with different depths on both those pitches and really keep the hitters off balance.

"He can throw any pitch, at any time, in any count, in any situation. So I think that's why he's been so successful."

Pill also continues to better himself, and is working on his finish.

"I'm trying to get more of my weight going forward," Pill stated. "I was pulling off before. I've been working here on getting my weight going straight forward towards home."

He is also working on command of his changeup.

"He's working on his changeup a little more, but the more he's out there the more he'll get a better feel for that pitch," Ellis explained. "But, he's still not afraid to throw it which is what I really like.

"He's starting to get a little depth. If he can get that pitch down with the depth it has, he's really going to get a lot more swings and misses."

Pill's presence on the mound is very impressive and he seems to be getting more comfortable out there. His endurance has gotten better with each start, going seven innings in two of his last three starts with the other being shortened due to rain.

Pill hasn't given up more than one earned run in his last seven starts. In his last start on July 28th against the Lakeland Flying Tigers he went seven innings while striking out seven batters.

"He's very competitive and has a good mound presence," Ellis said. "I expect him to go out there and just be Tyler Pill, and not try to be anybody he's not."

"My approach is to throw strikes, pitch to contact, make the defense stay involved, and get them out with the least amount of pitches as I can," Pill explained.

"My goal is to have solid outings and give my team the best opportunity they can to win. Just keep my team in the ballgame the rest of the year."

Pill has been doing just that as he continues to deliver.


Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nTyler Pill reigns from Cal-State University where he went 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 2011. Pill was taken in the fourth round of the 2011 draft by the New York Mets.\r\nHe had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 110-22 with Cal-State in 2011 and was ranked 59th out of 100 of America's top college prospects. He was also a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award as the nation's top player.
\r\n
\r\nPill has been able to translate his success to the minor league level.
\r\n
\r\nAfter pitching only nine innings in 2011 - two with the Gulf-Coast League Mets and seven with the Brooklyn Cyclones - Pill was ready to get it going in 2012.
\r\n
\r\nPill began the 2012 season with the Savannah Sand Gnats where he posted a 2.61 ERA in nine starts. He had 54 strikeouts and only walked eight through a total of 51.2 innings pitched. These numbers earned him a well deserved call-up to St. Lucie in June right before the All-Star break.
\r\n
\r\n\"The difference between here and there is that you have to mix pitches a little bit more,\" Pill said. \"Everywhere you go there's going to be competition. The hitters here are a little bit smarter so I'm adjusting in that way.\"
\r\n
\r\nPill also recalled the need to have fun with what he's doing, and that it plays a big role in his mental preparation.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just tell myself that I need to have fun with it and remember that it's just a game. If I'm not having fun playing I shouldn't be here.\"
\r\n
\r\nPill is enjoying his time out on the mound and rightly so. He's made nine appearances with St. Lucie, starting eight games. His ERA sits at an impressive 2.09 through 51.2 innings pitched with 41 strikeouts and 12 walks. Pill's K/9 is 7.04 and his LOB% is at 77.7%.
\r\n
\r\nSt. Lucie Manager Ryan Ellis appreciates the work that Pill has put in and the strong pitching performances that he has delivered.
\r\n
\r\n\"Tyler's done an outstanding job for us,\" Ellis said confidently. \"He's not flashy but he's a guy that knows how to pitch. He knows how to pitch to his strengths and at the same time knows the hitter's weaknesses.
\r\n
\r\n\"I expect a quality start each time he goes out there. I expect him to go out there and at least pitch six innings. He keeps the pitch count down and he has a good head on his shoulders.\"
\r\n
\r\nPill's ability to keep hitters guessing has been key to his success. He has four pitches: a fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup.
\r\n
\r\nHis fastball ranges from 88 to 93 mph. The curveball ranges from the mid to high 70s. The slider varies between 80 and 85 mph. The changeup sits in the low 80s.
\r\n
\r\nThe slider has become an important pitch for Pill and he can throw it in different ways.
\r\n
\r\n\"Sometimes it's a cutter, sometimes I turn it over a little bit more. It depends on how I'm feeling,\" Pill said of his slider.
\r\n
\r\n\"My best strength would be my ability to throw all my pitches for strikes and mix my pitches up pretty well.\"
\r\n
\r\nEllis concurred that Pill's knack for effectively mixing pitches within the strike zone has led to his improvement and high achievements on the mound.
\r\n
\r\n\"With his curveball and slider, one is sharper than the other,\" said the St. Lucie manager. \"He's able to change speeds with different depths on both those pitches and really keep the hitters off balance.
\r\n
\r\n\"He can throw any pitch, at any time, in any count, in any situation. So I think that's why he's been so successful.\"
\r\n
\r\nPill also continues to better himself, and is working on his finish.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm trying to get more of my weight going forward,\" Pill stated. \"I was pulling off before. I've been working here on getting my weight going straight forward towards home.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe is also working on command of his changeup.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's working on his changeup a little more, but the more he's out there the more he'll get a better feel for that pitch,\" Ellis explained. \"But, he's still not afraid to throw it which is what I really like.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's starting to get a little depth. If he can get that pitch down with the depth it has, he's really going to get a lot more swings and misses.\"
\r\n
\r\nPill's presence on the mound is very impressive and he seems to be getting more comfortable out there. His endurance has gotten better with each start, going seven innings in two of his last three starts with the other being shortened due to rain.
\r\n
\r\nPill hasn't given up more than one earned run in his last seven starts. In his last start on July 28th against the Lakeland Flying Tigers he went seven innings while striking out seven batters.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's very competitive and has a good mound presence,\" Ellis said. \"I expect him to go out there and just be Tyler Pill, and not try to be anybody he's not.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"My approach is to throw strikes, pitch to contact, make the defense stay involved, and get them out with the least amount of pitches as I can,\" Pill explained.
\r\n
\r\n\"My goal is to have solid outings and give my team the best opportunity they can to win. Just keep my team in the ballgame the rest of the year.\"
\r\n
\r\nPill has been doing just that as he continues to deliver.
\r\n
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