Lannan Cruises Through The Season

Drafted in the 11th round of the 2005 draft, Lannan is only in his third season as a minor league player and is already showing potential of getting called up to the major leagues.  Since April, Lannan has spent time with Single-A Potomac, Double-A Harrisburg, and is now with Triple-A Columbus.

At the beginning of April, John Lannan was playing for Single-A Potomac, but now, a little over halfway through the season, he has made his way up to the Triple-A level and is starting for the Columbus Clippers. Lannan even spent some time at Double-A Harrisburg before getting called up to Columbus.

Coming out of college, Lannan struggled in his first two seasons with Potomac. He had trouble throwing strikes, dealing with the environment, and the long seasons. He wasn't use to the 162 games during the season and it took its toll on him. However, this season Lannan has adjusted well and it has shown in his performance.

"One big difference I have had to adjust to was in college you use aluminum bats, and in the pros you use wooden bats," Lannan told "Also, as you move up here the hitters are more disciplined and the strike zone changes. The whole game moves up tremendously from college to here and some people can't make the adjustment or sometimes it takes them a long time to adjust but I think I've made the adjustment pretty well."

Along with making some adjustments this season, Lannan has accomplished the great feat of cruising through three levels of baseball in only half of a season. Lannan made his Triple-A debut this past Friday and played 5.7 innings. Lannan admits he has his good days and bad days but has had a great time no matter what.

"It's been a journey and a great experience," Lannan said. "The only downfall is that I've put a lot of miles on my car, but hey I guess it's worth it! I've been having a great time, its lots of fun. I try to learn something new everyday and I'm just taking it and running with it."

Lannan has a variety of pitches to choose from when he heads to the mound. He has the option of two fastballs, a 2-seamer, a 4-seamer, a change up, or a curveball. Lannan's 2-seamer runs away from right handed hitters so he uses that to his advantage and throws it to the outside. He also uses his change up against right handed hitters while he throws his curveball to lefties. Lannan will throw his four-seamer to either right handed or left handed hitters, but will come back to his curveball for his strike out pitch.

Lannan's favorite pitch to throw is his 2-seamer or his change up. He might not have over powering speed but is able to locate his pitches, which he depends on for every game. However, Lannan has had some problems with his curveball.

"It is my most difficult pitch to throw," Lannan told us. "In college it was a little loopy and now the hitters are more experience so they will wait on it and can see its rotation. I have to learn to throw it harder and sharper and learning how to do that is a difficult for me and I've been working on it for awhile."

Lannan considers himself a very laid back player. While he has a competitive edge to him, he also likes to see his teammates do well. He feels his dedication, hard work, and focus are the keys to his success and tries to go into every game calm and relaxed. Lannan brings a lot of advantages to the Columbus team including his aggressiveness.

"I attack players, and I'm not afraid to go after them," Lannan said. "I know if I throw whatever the catcher signals and were he calls it, I know I'll get them out. That's something I stick by and I think it is important to be aggressive."

Lannan hopes that he will continue to climb the baseball ladder and find himself playing for the Washington Nationals by the end of the season, but only time will tell. Until then, he plans on enjoying his time in Columbus.

"My goal everyday is to prove that I am good enough to play in the major leagues. I get better everyday and I think I have proven that so far this season."

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