Kunz Getting Stronger With Time

Eddie Kunz, the Mets' top overall draft pick in 2007, made a giant leap after his rookie season going all the way from the confines of Brooklyn and the NY-Penn League to Double-A Binghamton where he holds down the closer's role. Now as he faces the much stiffer competition of the Eastern League, Kunz is learning what it takes to succeed at a higher level.

[The following is an excerpt from the feature article in next month's print edition of Inside Pitch Magazine]

"I feel really good right now. I've had some trouble here and there, but this is my first full season and starting here in Double-A has been a really big change for me. I've got a lot of stuff done and I'm really pleased with my work," said Eddie Kunz of his season to date.

Making the jump for a short-season league to Double-A could overwhelm many young pitchers, but for a pitcher with his collegiate experience [Kunz is a two-time NCAA champion], plus his education in Brooklyn, the transition has been relatively smooth. The 6-foot-5 right-hander did not blow a save until his May 26 outing against the Reading Phillies, his first in 11 opportunities, and he acknowledged his success was in large to part due to an attacking approach.

"The biggest thing here at the Double-A level is being able to throw strike one and stay ahead. I know that's a general philosophy, but in the short-season last year I was able to get a few wild swings and that's not the case here. Plus, being a closer where I have usually one or two innings of work, I really need to go after hitters and not give them the chance to get ahead," he explained.

As the weeks have passed, Kunz has been able to string together quality outings from his ability to discover soft spots in the opposition and exploit them. Couple his quick education with a fierce mentality one expects in a closer, and Binghamton has found their reliable bullpen anchor.

"I've noticed that as the season has gone on, I've been able to find out the weaknesses of hitters when they step into the batter's box and use that against them," he said. "I've been able to do that by working with the guys who've pitched here before and picked their mind for details that I can use in my favor."

What helps him remain in favorable situations is his improving ability to command the tempo of at-bats and pitch at his own pace. Often during his rookie season, Kunz fell behind hitters early and faced the difficult task of coming from behind in the count. By staying focused on strike one, he is confident his control and mechanics will stay consistent.

"The biggest thing for me is when I start getting rushed and throwing when I feel rushed, I lose control of my pitches. When I'm pitching in my comfort zone, I think I'll be more in a more dominant position in the game," he said

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\r\n\"I feel really good right now. I've had some trouble here and there, but this is my first full season and starting here in Double-A has been a really big change for me. I've got a lot of stuff done and I'm really pleased with my work,\" said Eddie Kunz of his season to date.
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\r\nMaking the jump for a short-season league to Double-A could overwhelm many young pitchers, but for a pitcher with his collegiate experience [Kunz is a two-time NCAA champion], plus his education in Brooklyn, the transition has been relatively smooth. The 6-foot-5 right-hander did not blow a save until his May 26 outing against the Reading Phillies, his first in 11 opportunities, and he acknowledged his success was in large to part due to an attacking approach.
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\r\n\"The biggest thing here at the Double-A level is being able to throw strike one and stay ahead. I know that's a general philosophy, but in the short-season last year I was able to get a few wild swings and that's not the case here. Plus, being a closer where I have usually one or two innings of work, I really need to go after hitters and not give them the chance to get ahead,\" he explained.
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\r\nAs the weeks have passed, Kunz has been able to string together quality outings from his ability to discover soft spots in the opposition and exploit them. Couple his quick education with a fierce mentality one expects in a closer, and Binghamton has found their reliable bullpen anchor.
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\r\n\"I've noticed that as the season has gone on, I've been able to find out the weaknesses of hitters when they step into the batter's box and use that against them,\" he said. \"I've been able to do that by working with the guys who've pitched here before and picked their mind for details that I can use in my favor.\"
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\r\nWhat helps him remain in favorable situations is his improving ability to command the tempo of at-bats and pitch at his own pace. Often during his rookie season, Kunz fell behind hitters early and faced the difficult task of coming from behind in the count. By staying focused on strike one, he is confident his control and mechanics will stay consistent.
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\r\n\"The biggest thing for me is when I start getting rushed and throwing when I feel rushed, I lose control of my pitches. When I'm pitching in my comfort zone, I think I'll be more in a more dominant position in the game,\" he said
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\r\n\"I feel really good right now. I've had some trouble here and there, but this is my first full season and starting here in Double-A has been a really big change for me. I've got a lot of stuff done and I'm really pleased with my work,\" said Eddie Kunz of his season to date.
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\r\nMaking the jump for a short-season league to Double-A could overwhelm many young pitchers, but for a pitcher with his collegiate experience [Kunz is a two-time NCAA champion], plus his education in Brooklyn, the transition has been relatively smooth. The 6-foot-5 right-hander did not blow a save until his May 26 outing against the Reading Phillies, his first in 11 opportunities, and he acknowledged his success was in large to part due to an attacking approach.
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\r\n\"The biggest thing here at the Double-A level is being able to throw strike one and stay ahead. I know that's a general philosophy, but in the short-season last year I was able to get a few wild swings and that's not the case here. Plus, being a closer where I have usually one or two innings of work, I really need to go after hitters and not give them the chance to get ahead,\" he explained.
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\r\nAs the weeks have passed, Kunz has been able to string together quality outings from his ability to discover soft spots in the opposition and exploit them. Couple his quick education with a fierce mentality one expects in a closer, and Binghamton has found their reliable bullpen anchor.
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\r\n\"I've noticed that as the season has gone on, I've been able to find out the weaknesses of hitters when they step into the batter's box and use that against them,\" he said. \"I've been able to do that by working with the guys who've pitched here before and picked their mind for details that I can use in my favor.\"
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\r\nWhat helps him remain in favorable situations is his improving ability to command the tempo of at-bats and pitch at his own pace. Often during his rookie season, Kunz fell behind hitters early and faced the difficult task of coming from behind in the count. By staying focused on strike one, he is confident his control and mechanics will stay consistent.
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\r\n\"The biggest thing for me is when I start getting rushed and throwing when I feel rushed, I lose control of my pitches. When I'm pitching in my comfort zone, I think I'll be more in a more dominant position in the game,\" he said
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