Cory Luebke: I think I found out a lot about myself at around the All-Star break and there were some things I needed to clean up in my mechanics that would help me keep the ball down better.
We did that over the All-Star break and I went down to Fort Wayne and went with it. It is doing better now. My bottom half – I was getting a better plane on the ball.
When I saw you in spring and early in the year in Lake Elsinore, it seemed that you were getting down to the floor before throwing the ball.
Cory Luebke: Staying upright was a lot of it. I am using my legs a lot more now to get more on the ball. It has pushed me up more and kept me taller to get a better plane on the ball to get ground balls and get strikeouts.
How difficult is it to get through your brain when there is a reaction in the back of your head to throw harder or do this or do that when things should really be kept simple?
Cory Luebke: That was my mentality when I was younger and in school – go hard and leave it all out there. That is one thing (Mike Couchee) Couch talked to me about, ‘sometimes doing less is doing more.'
I was getting ahead of guys in Lake Elsinore but I was trying to do more when I did get ahead. I was letting guys back in counts. It is a matter of me keeping my delivery consistent and sticking with it.
You are a year out of college ball – do you chalk up the last year as a learning experience?
Cory Luebke: Yes, it is one of those things – sometimes things get worse before they get better. I went through some growing pains. I felt good since July and want to keep it going through next year.
How have the pitches come along? The changeup was a big thing you wanted to perfect this season.
Cory Luebke: The changeup is night and day compared to last year. I wasn't even using it. This year, I might have had times where I used it too much.
That is one thing that has really helped me against righties – pitching in to righties and using the changeup away. I learned a lot from watching Nathan Culp this year. He is smart – hard in and soft away. I took a lot away from that. I got to watch him throw a lot of innings. Seeing a guy like that – you learn.
Throwing inside is one of those things that seems to come later in a pitcher's learning process. How has that changed for you and do you find yourself doing it with confidence?
Cory Luebke: With the development of my changeup, I have something to counter that inside fastball. I can throw soft away and hard in. It makes a hitter have to cover a lot of the plate and messes with their timing. It is a matter of pounding that into my brain and realizing ground balls are better than strikeouts.
How has the progression been with spotting the fastball?
Cory Luebke: Sometimes I try to put the fastball on the inside black rather than middle-in. At instructs, I was able to focus on that better and do some things I might not normally do in a game. We were there to learn and I took a lot away from the experience.
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