Carr on the Attack

The Brooklyn hurler is not one to back down against the opposition as a hard mentality and hard fastballs set the right-hander's tone. After a strong season with the Cyclones, Nick Carr is gaining momentum and now it is up to the development of his secondary pitches to carry him to the next step.

Nick Carr made 14 strong starts this season, posting a 5-2 record with a 3.80 earned run average. He was a fixture in the Brooklyn rotation all year long and as the season went on, it was clear Carr's confidence grew with each passing outing. He is a fierce competitor on the mound and likes to attack hitters with his four-seam and two-seam fastballs that range from 92-94 MPH.

Yet moving forward, Carr's maturation as a pitcher will be reliant on his curveball and changeup, and how those pitches will permit him to shorten at-bats and cut down his walk total.

"I really tried to minimize my walks and throw more strikes during the game and I think I did a better job of that this year. But, I need my changeup and curveball to keep doing that. I really didn't throw my changeup much last year," he said.

He wishes to cut down the total 27 walks in 66.1 innings pitched because as a power pitcher, he knows his game is served best when he is dialing up strikeouts—he had 74 this year—and working his infield defense. The latter is his big need for the changeup so he can keep working on his 1.47 groundball/flyball ratio.

"When I'm getting my changeup working, I can get it down in the zone," he said. "I got a lot of groundballs and double-plays out of it which is why I'll keep working on it more and more."

"The next thing I need to do is gain confidence with it where I can throw it behind in the count so hitters are just gearing up for my fastball," he continued.

That is where his curveball comes in as well and his ability to use it effectively against left-handers, who got their share of Carr this season. The breaking pitch allows him to go inside as well as giving him a dependable out-pitch after spending most of the season pitching out over the plate to lefties.

"I really just need to work in on [lefties]. I find myself throwing away to them too often and I need to come on the inside corner and mix it up with different pitches. I can't just pitch to lefties the same way all the time," he said.

"I think my next main goal is to work on throwing all my pitches for strikes in any count. I'm getting more comfortable throwing my curveball. It's become really sound," he explained.

He will now have the chance to reach his goal quicker than wait until next year as he was sent to Hawaii to replace Jose De La Torre, who will now miss 2008 due to Tommy John surgery. Carr already spent part of the fall at the Instructional League working on his repertoire and finishing at-bats. Now, he will have the opportunity to execute what he learned.

"I felt that I got a lot done and learned a lot about putting hitters away and throwing strikes early in the count when I needed to. I thought it was an honor to be sent here and I know it's going to be a great experience for me here, being able to face some of the best young hitters around and show them what I can do," he detailed.

Carr's stock is on the rise and it is now a matter of consistency and implementation. He has pitched six scoreless innings in Hawaii so far and upon his return, he should have the opportunity to make a bigger imprint on his future.

"I feel like I'm a completely different pitcher now than I was coming in. When I came in, I could throw hard, but I didn't know what it meant to really pitch. I think I really learned to pitch this season and things are definitely coming together for me,' said Carr.


Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nNick Carr made 14 strong starts this season, posting a 5-2 record with a 3.80 earned run average. He was a fixture in the Brooklyn rotation all year long and as the season went on, it was clear Carr's confidence grew with each passing outing. He is a fierce competitor on the mound and likes to attack hitters with his four-seam and two-seam fastballs that range from 92-94 MPH.
\r\n
\r\nYet moving forward, Carr's maturation as a pitcher will be reliant on his curveball and changeup, and how those pitches will permit him to shorten at-bats and cut down his walk total.
\r\n
\r\n\"I really tried to minimize my walks and throw more strikes during the game and I think I did a better job of that this year. But, I need my changeup and curveball to keep doing that. I really didn't throw my changeup much last year,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\nHe wishes to cut down the total 27 walks in 66.1 innings pitched because as a power pitcher, he knows his game is served best when he is dialing up strikeouts—he had 74 this year—and working his infield defense. The latter is his big need for the changeup so he can keep working on his 1.47 groundball/flyball ratio.
\r\n
\r\n\"When I'm getting my changeup working, I can get it down in the zone,\" he said. \"I got a lot of groundballs and double-plays out of it which is why I'll keep working on it more and more.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"The next thing I need to do is gain confidence with it where I can throw it behind in the count so hitters are just gearing up for my fastball,\" he continued.
\r\n
\r\nThat is where his curveball comes in as well and his ability to use it effectively against left-handers, who got their share of Carr this season. The breaking pitch allows him to go inside as well as giving him a dependable out-pitch after spending most of the season pitching out over the plate to lefties.
\r\n
\r\n\"I really just need to work in on [lefties]. I find myself throwing away to them too often and I need to come on the inside corner and mix it up with different pitches. I can't just pitch to lefties the same way all the time,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think my next main goal is to work on throwing all my pitches for strikes in any count. I'm getting more comfortable throwing my curveball. It's become really sound,\" he explained.
\r\n
\r\nHe will now have the chance to reach his goal quicker than wait until next year as he was sent to Hawaii to replace Jose De La Torre, who will now miss 2008 due to Tommy John surgery. Carr already spent part of the fall at the Instructional League working on his repertoire and finishing at-bats. Now, he will have the opportunity to execute what he learned.
\r\n
\r\n\"I felt that I got a lot done and learned a lot about putting hitters away and throwing strikes early in the count when I needed to. I thought it was an honor to be sent here and I know it's going to be a great experience for me here, being able to face some of the best young hitters around and show them what I can do,\" he detailed.
\r\n
\r\nCarr's stock is on the rise and it is now a matter of consistency and implementation. He has pitched six scoreless innings in Hawaii so far and upon his return, he should have the opportunity to make a bigger imprint on his future.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel like I'm a completely different pitcher now than I was coming in. When I came in, I could throw hard, but I didn't know what it meant to really pitch. I think I really learned to pitch this season and things are definitely coming together for me,' said Carr.
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