McBryde no longer a two-trick pony

There has already been talk of converting prospect Jeremy McBryde to a reliever – a move McBryde is fine with – but that may be premature. He has to perfect the changeup first and will get as many innings as he needs to work on the off-speed pitch.

Since you came into the system, the slider has been the go to off-speed pitch. What has been the focus early in the year?

Jeremy McBryde: The main thing – and I have been working on it since Instructs last year – is coming around with the changeup. In college, I usually didn't have to throw a changeup. It was fastball/slider that got the work done.

The big thing is getting that changeup across and spotting up the fastball. That is the same thing I am working on right now, trying to find location with the fastball and changeup. The slider pretty much comes without much work.

You are a hard thrower. How difficult does that make it for you to get that feel pitch – the changeup?

Jeremy McBryde: The grip was the main thing. I could throw it but it was coming in a little too hard. I moved it deeper into my hand and that seems to have taken a lot of velocity off of it. As long as I keep it down in the zone and spot it up, I will be all right.

It seems like pitch sequencing has become more and more important and that was something you mentioned to us last year. How has that gone?

Jeremy McBryde: The changeup is a big part of that process. Having faith in all three of your pitches really he;ps a lot. Sometimes, it is hard to go through that sequence if you don't have that third pitch.

I think my sequences will be a lot better this year and progress as the season goes on.

There has been talk that Jeremy McBryde may become a reliever. Do you think about that at all?

Jeremy McBryde: I don't think about it at all. I just go out there and do what I have to do. If they want to put me in as a reliever and that gets me to the big leagues faster – do whatever you have to do.

When you look back at the 2007 season the stats may not have been there, but how do you assess the season?

Jeremy McBryde: The first professional season I think is a learning process more than anything. (Greg) Riddoch, the manager up there (in Eugene), was really great and I learned a lot of baseball knowledge from him. It was a learning experience.

What were some of those lessons you learned last year that you can apply to this season?

Jeremy McBryde: The main thing is keeping the ball down. I gave up a lot of home runs in Eugene and it was mainly because I was elevating the ball. I worked hard on keeping the ball down and I think it is getting there.

With so much to worry about, how do you feel mechanically early in the year?

Jeremy McBryde: I think the mechanics are pretty much sound. Sometimes I fly open a little bit but nothing too big. I just have to keep my shoulder in. My mechanics are pretty sound.

At the end of this season, what is going to make for a successful year in your eyes?

Jeremy McBryde: Winning ball games. Go out and do my best to help this team win ball games, and if I move up at the same time, that is what I want to do.

My arm feels good. I feel like my arm is in shape and as long as I can stay healthy I should be all right.

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