Wynn Pelzer: Yea. I went out there to pitch and took a line drive off the knee and fractured it – surgery and the doctors said six months. Six months was February and the leg is feeling good now.
What was the mental process like for you. I know you wanted to prove you were better than the season you had at South Carolina.
Wynn Pelzer: I felt like I was better than a ninth-round pick. I felt I could go up there and show them what I was really all about. Go out and pitch a couple of good games and let them see. It just didn't work out like that.
How do you feel now?
Wynn Pelzer: I feel comfortable. I feel good. Spring was my first time throwing a baseball since July. I got that itch and am ready to keep it going.
Last year when we talked, you mentioned you threw a splitter. When I got to see you this spring, it appeared like you were throwing some changeups now.
Wynn Pelzer: The Padres organization is big on changeups. I shelved the splitter right now and am trying to work on the changeup. That is a pitch they like a lot so I am trying to work on it. I threw a couple of good ones and am making progress on it.
How difficult is it to shelve a good pitch you are taking into games and bring around a new one that you need to have confidence in.
Wynn Pelzer: It doesn't feel bad when it is not a game situation but when I get in a game and I want to get a lefty out, I am thinking, ‘I wish I could throw a splitter right here because I am more comfortable with it.' I feel confident in the changeup and am getting better with it. It is not as bad as I thought.
Are you worried a little bit about your stamina this season because you haven't had that off-season to prepare and condition yourself?
Wynn Pelzer: I don't think so. I feel like I am a high energy guy and am in good shape. I am thinking I am going to realize when I get tired. I am hoping I am smart enough to realize it and work through it.
I am expecting it and hopefully will fight through it and continue to have a good season by pitching well.
What is the thing you feel like you have to work on?
Wynn Pelzer: The slider and changeup have been good but I have to work on fastball command. Down and away fastballs to everyone. That is a big pitch in baseball. It is the hardest pitch in baseball to hit – even listening to hitters. I have to work on that. Other than that, I have felt good about how I have pitched.
I need to work on some mechanical things and hopefully I put it together.
Did you feel like you lost a little mechanically from being off for so long?
Wynn Pelzer: I will tell you what – probably not the greatest thing – but getting hurt slowed down the game for me. I got to watch what other people were doing a lot more. I was hurt on crutches. I got to watch a lot of baseball. I got to watch how the best guys in the big leagues did it. I felt like I gained a little bit mentally – it was just getting back into the flow of pitching. I gained by sitting down and watching the game.
Has the velocity come back as you expected?
Wynn Pelzer: I feel like my arm is in pretty good shape and well-rested. My biggest thing is my legs because I wasn't able to work out on them. Hopefully, I get them underneath me and I can work out a little more and get stronger. I feel like I am throwing pretty well – the low-90s – which is pretty good since I hadn't been able to do a lot of leg work. I can get it back up to where it used to be.
is it a daily feel still for you with the legs?
Wynn Pelzer: The training staff is really good. I talk to them and have the conditioning guys who make sure I don't push it. I want to test it and go full speed a couple of times to know I have it in me if I need it. I am taking it easy to make sure I don't do any damage to it but it feels good. That is a plus.
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